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People diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and those who were not on treatment did not have a higher risk of hospitalization or death.
People with blood cancers and those on chemotherapy may not respond adequately to their first two vaccine doses.
Powell had received treatment for multiple myeloma, which can lead to poorer response to COVID-19 vaccines.
Hospitals are filling up with COVID-19 patients and other medical conditions are going untreated.
Certain types of cancer treatment can lead to inadequate immune response.
The booster is recommended for organ transplant recipients, people receiving cancer treatment and people with advanced or untreated HIV.
A study from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society finds that antibody production varies widely across blood cancer types.
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