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COVID-19 vaccination in haematology patients: an Australian and New Zealand consensus position statement

McCaughan, G, Di Ciaccio, P, Ananda-Rajah, M, Gilroy, N, MacIntyre, R, Teh, B, Weinkove, R, Curnow, J, Szer, J, Enjeti, AK, Ross, DM, Mulligan, S, Trotman, J, Dickinson, M, Quach, H, Choi, P, Polizzotto, MN, Tam, CS, Ho, PJ, Ku, M, Gregory, G, Gangatharan, S, Hapgood, G, Cochrane, T, Cheah, C, Gibbs, S, Wei, A, Johnston, A, Greenwood, M, Prince, HM, Latimer, M, Berkahn, L, Wight, J, Armytage, T and Hamad, N 2021 , 'COVID-19 vaccination in haematology patients: an Australian and New Zealand consensus position statement' , Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 51, no. 5 , pp. 763-768 , doi: 10.1111/imj.15247.

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Australia and New Zealand have achieved excellent community control of COVID-19 infection. In light of the imminent COVID-19 vaccination roll out in both countries, representatives from the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand and infectious diseases specialists have collaborated on this consensus position statement regarding COVID-19 vaccination in patients with haematological disorders. It is our recommendation that patients with haematological malignancies, and some benign haematological disorders, should have expedited access to high-efficacy COVID-19 vaccines, given that these patients are at high risk of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 infection. Vaccination should not replace other public health measures in these patients, given that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination, specifically in patients with haematological malignancies, is not known. Given the limited available data, prospective collection of safety and efficacy data of COVID-19 vaccination in this patient group is a priority.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McCaughan, G and Di Ciaccio, P and Ananda-Rajah, M and Gilroy, N and MacIntyre, R and Teh, B and Weinkove, R and Curnow, J and Szer, J and Enjeti, AK and Ross, DM and Mulligan, S and Trotman, J and Dickinson, M and Quach, H and Choi, P and Polizzotto, MN and Tam, CS and Ho, PJ and Ku, M and Gregory, G and Gangatharan, S and Hapgood, G and Cochrane, T and Cheah, C and Gibbs, S and Wei, A and Johnston, A and Greenwood, M and Prince, HM and Latimer, M and Berkahn, L and Wight, J and Armytage, T and Hamad, N
Journal or Publication Title: Internal Medicine Journal
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1444-0903
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/imj.15247
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