Pfizer vax safe with cancer immunotherapy: study

But long-term C0VID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy in patients on checkpoint inhibitors are yet to be determined, researchers say

A study from Israel supports the short-term safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in patients with cancer being treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors.

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The researchers report on 134 adults with cancer receiving immune checkpoint-inhibitor therapy alone (87%) or in combination with chemotherapy (13%) who have received two doses of the vaccine.

As previously reported in other populations, more systemic and local side effects were observed