Operation and Covid vaccine

Hi I am waiting for a hysterectomy operation due to having womb cancer should be soon I have been invited to have the Covid booster vaccine I was wondering if having the vaccine would delay my operation or does it not affect it 

  • Hi Hobbity

    Thanks for getting in touch. My name is Karen and I am one of the Cancer Information Nurse Specialists on the Macmillan Support Line.  


    I can see that you’ve joined the Macmillan womb cancer forum, I hope this is a helpful and supportive environment for you.


    It can be a worrying time waiting for an operation. If it would be helpful to speak to one of our nurses beforehand, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on the support line.


    Coronavirus (covid) and flu vaccines can be given before, during or after cancer treatment. If you are due to start cancer treatment or have surgery your medical team may recommend that you have vaccinations before treatment begins.


    Having vaccinations before treatment gives a better chance of protection and this shouldn’t delay your treatment. Generally, vaccinations can be given one or two weeks before your operation. There is no specific national guidance about when to have vaccines before surgery, so we would always recommend that you speak to your own hospital treatment team directly.


    Your team will also be able to tell you about the likely date for your planned operation.


    I hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions, the Macmillan Support Line offers practical, clinical, financial, and emotional support.


    Best wishes


    Karen, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 


    You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email