As a member of One Cancer Voice, we are appealing to the public to remember that whilst many people feel like they are getting their ‘freedoms back’ once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, for many people with cancer it will feel like their freedoms are being taken away. This is because there are people living with cancer who may still be clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19, even after two doses of the vaccine. This may be due to the type of cancer they have, or the treatment they are receiving.
We are asking every person in the UK to help protect people affected by cancer, and ask that they consider doing the following three things:
- Keep wearing masks in crowded places:
There’s no way of knowing whether that person sitting a few seats down from you on the bus is on their way to their chemotherapy appointment.
- Keep your distance from people you don’t know:
You don’t know whether they could be vulnerable.
- Remember that getting vaccinated helps protect you, and the people around you: Particularly for people with cancer who have a compromised immune system, the more people who are vaccinated, the safer they will be