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Cancer Australia has produced a range of resources about cancer which have been translated into other languages.


Cancer Australia is committed to supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Australia. 


To access Cancer Australia’s freely available range of cancer publications, including: guidelines, cancer guides, reports, fact sheets and pamphlets in 10 non-English languages, click on your language below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about COVID-19 vaccines for people affected by cancer

Cancer Australia has compiled answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about COVID-19 vaccines for people affected by cancer based on information and evidence currently available in Australia and internationally. These include answers to questions about specific recommendations for vaccination for people affected by cancer, and whether the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for people affected by cancer. 

With the assistance of NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service translators and checkers, these FAQs have been translated into the ten most commonly spoken languages in Australia other than English: Arabic (العربية); Chinese, Simplified (简体中文); Chinese, Traditional (繁體中文); Greek (Ελληνικά); Hindi (हिन्दी); Italian (Italiano); Korean (한국어); Spanish (Español); Tagalog (Tagalog); Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).

The information in these FAQs is current as at May 2022. Key updates since the current published FAQs are:

  • The COVID-19 vaccines are available to all people in Australia aged 5 years or older.
  • Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years with health conditions which increase the risk of severe COVID-19, including many children with cancer, are also eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.  
  • For most people in Australia aged 5 years or older, the COVID-19 vaccination schedule involves:
    • 2 “primary” vaccine doses
    • a “booster” dose for people aged 16 years or older given three months after they have completed their primary course (3 doses in total), and
    • a 2nd booster dose known as the “winter booster dose” given three months after the 1st booster (4 doses in total) for:
      • people aged 16 years of older with certain medical conditions including cancer within the past 5 years.
      • people aged 30 to 49 years old if they choose
      • all people aged 50 years or older
  • For severely immunocompromised people who are at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19, ATAGI recommends additional vaccine doses and boosters as follows:
    • Children aged between 6 months and 5 years receive 2 ‘primary’ vaccine doses
    • Children aged 5 to 11 receive 3 ‘primary’ COVID-19 vaccine doses
    • Adolescents aged 12-15 years receive 3 ‘primary’ vaccine doses plus 1 booster dose (4 doses in total)
    • for people aged 16 years or older, receive 3 ‘primary’ vaccine doses plus 2 booster doses (5 doses in total).
  • For an overview of which vaccines and doses are recommended for each age and population group, visit this infographic: ATAGI recommended COVID-19 doses and vaccines.
  • Antiviral treatments for COVID-19
    • If you test positive to COVID-19, it is important to let your treating team know as soon as possible, because there are COVID-19 treatments available. These antiviral treatments work best when they are given within 5 days after symptoms begin.
    • For more information about COVID-19 antiviral treatments, visit: Updated eligibility for oral COVID-19 treatments.
  • Pre-exposure prevention of COVID-19
    • Medicine is available for the prevention of COVID-19 in people who are at risk of COVID-19 infection and are severely immunocompromised. This is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or prevention of COVID-19.
    • For more information about pre-exposure prevention of COVID-19, visit: COVID-19 treatments.

For FAQs in your language, view below:

Cancer won’t wait

While cancer is more common as we get older, you can develop cancer at any age. It’s really important to know your body and know the symptoms to look out for.

If you have a new change in your body that hasn’t gone away, such as a lump, don’t put off seeing your doctor. Most changes are not cancer, but if it is cancer, the earlier it is found, the better.

Your doctor is there to look after your health as usual. You can book an appointment to see your doctor in person, or talk to them on your phone or on your computer (telehealth).

Getting free screening for cancer can also help protect your health through early detection, even if you don’t have any symptoms of the disease. Visit for more information.

View our Cancer Won’t Wait video in your language below.

TIS National

If you would like an interpreter to help you understand any information on this website, please call TIS National on 131 450 and ask them to call Cancer Australia on 02 9357 9400.

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