Information for Cancer Patients on COVID-19

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  • CCMB Communications and Public Affairs

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Cancer Patients

April 19, 2021

Eligibility for AstraZeneca/Covishield Vaccine Expanded

Please be advised that Manitoba has revised the vaccine eligibility criteria:

All Manitobans aged 40 and over will be eligible to receive the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine at a medical clinic or pharmacy. Eligible Manitobans can find their nearest clinic or pharmacy with available doses by visiting

Updates to vaccine eligibility can always be found at: 

For more information, see Manitoba Expanding Eligibility Criteria for Astrazeneca/Covishield Vaccine, Continues to Protect Manitobans by Expanding Vaccination Capacity

Click here for FAQ about Covid Vaccine for cancer patients


Jan. 8, 2021

At this time, the COVID-19 vaccine is not being offered to the general public, including cancer patients. We know the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for the general public; however, there may be special considerations for cancer patients, especially those who have a weakened immune system or those who are on active anticancer treatment. 
CancerCare Manitoba is actively working with Manitoba’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force to review evidence from around the world on using the COVID-19 vaccine for cancer patients. More information is needed to decide the best time to provide this vaccine to cancer patients depending on where you are in your cancer journey.
CancerCare Manitoba will provide updates as information becomes available. Please continue to check our website.

A Note for Patients & Families Regarding Gifts of Food for Staff
Dec. 9, 2020

Patients and families often wish to show appreciation to staff with gifts of food. During this time, due to COVID-19, we regret to inform you that we cannot accept any gifts of food. Your words of gratitude to our staff, as you feel appropriate, are always more than enough. Thank you.

Important Changes Regarding Patient Companions
Dec. 1, 2020

With widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) will temporarily increase restrictions on patient companions in CCMB facilities. Read more here.

Mask use Mandated at Manitoba Hospitals and Health Centres

All visitors arriving at health care facilities are required to wear a non-medical mask. This includes CancerCare Manitoba sites. Please see the Government of Manitoba news release for more information.

These guidelines apply to all patients, designated support persons, general visitors and tradespeople. Exceptions: children under the age of two and those determined on a case-by-case basis to be exempt for medical reasons.

If you forget your mask, or are in need of a mask, a cloth mask will be provided at the screening station when you check-in. These cloth masks are courtesy of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

CCMB staff working in clinical areas with patients are following previous Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recommendations, which includes wearing medical masks for all patient encounters. CCMB has requested that staff also wear non-medical masks in non-clinical areas.

If you have any questions about wearing a mask at CCMB, please ask our entrance screening staff or a member of your health care team.

Diagnostic Imaging

Cancer patients are and continue to be a priority for Diagnostic Imaging services during this pandemic period. Therefore, no cancellations of appointments have been made by Diagnostic Services. However, some patients have chosen to cancel their appointment for a Diagnostic test (for example, X-ray or scan) on their own. These cancellations are being communicated by Diagnostics to the referring physicians.

If you have cancelled an appointment for a Diagnostic test during the pandemic period, be sure to connect with your care team at CancerCare Manitoba or your primary care physician to ensure the appointment is rescheduled in order for your care to continue in a timely manner. 

Physical Distancing During COVID-19

CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) continues to provide care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Where possible and appropriate, clinic visits are being carried out over the phone or through Telehealth to reduce the need for patients to come to a CCMB site and to stay at home. Sometimes it is necessary to attend an appointment at a CCMB site to receive treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy.

We want you to know that we are very mindful of the physical distancing recommendations currently in place—to maintain a distance of two metres between persons. As much as possible while providing patient care, we are practicing physical distancing every day whether between staff persons or between staff and patients. If you are receiving a treatment, close contact with staff will be inevitable. However, this contact will be within the recommended time of less than 10 minutes, appropriate protective measures are being taken, and you will not be put at risk.

CCMB is here for you and we are doing everything possible to make your visit to a CCMB site as safe as possible, for you, your family and our staff.

Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program - Now Available

Caring for your mental health is important during the COVID-19 pandemic. AbilitiCBT is a new digital therapy program from Morneau Shepell, available to all Manitobans experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety due to the pandemic. Learn more.

Changes Regarding Counselling and Patient and Family Support Services

In response to the COVID-19 situation in Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba has made changes to some of our counselling and patient and family support services.

Please know that this is only temporary. Right now we are taking extra steps to protect cancer patients, their families and staff.

Cancer patients or their families who are in need of counselling support can still receive services. Call 204-787-2109 or toll-free at 1-866-561-1026.

Telephone appointments are being offered instead of in-person appointments.

Any clients whose appointments have been changed will be contacted directly.

Some of our information and support services are on hold at this time.

For any urgent situations, cancer patients and their families are asked to call Patient and Family Support Services. Phone 204-787-2109 or toll-free at 1-866- 561-1026.