COVID-19

The information in this section is intended to help you and all members of our PF community remain informed, supported and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 16, 2021

Booking your COVID-19 vaccine

With different vaccine roll-out programs across the country, it’s difficult to know how and when you can book an appointment for a vaccine in your province or territory. Please check our COVID-19 Helpful Links page for links to vaccine information and registration in your region. Be sure to check the appropriate link regularly as they are updated to reflect changes in criteria for vaccine priorities, such as age, location, other health conditions, living situation, occupations, etc.


January 26, 2020

People with lung disease need priority access to COVID-19 vaccine

Members of our PF Community have been asking us when they will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. CPFF believes individuals with lung disease are at increased risk and need to be near the top of vaccine roll-out lists, which, determine when individuals get the vaccine. We are advocating now, along with other members of the COVID-19 Respiratory Roundtable, to ensure people with lung disease get priority access to the vaccine.

CPFF has signed a joint statement of the COVID-19 Respiratory Roundtable, “urging the federal, provincial and territorial governments to prioritize people living with lung disease, who are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 complications, in the vaccination rollout. Prioritizing eligible Canadians in your vaccination rollout plans will protect both the vulnerable patients living with these conditions and healthcare professionals who are working to protect and provide high quality care to these patients throughout the pandemic.”

Your can read the full joint statements (in English or French) below.

Joint Statement_EN

Joint Statement_FR


COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Many in our Pulmonary Fibrosis Community have been asking questions about the COVID-19 vaccines now arriving in Canada. We’ve consulted with members of our Medical Advisory Board, and have the following update below. We’ll keep you posted on any developments as we become aware of them. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or check back here, for updates.

December 20, 2020

Patients with lung fibrosis are accustomed to doing what we know prevents infection: they wear masks, perform hand hygiene, and avoid crowds. Sadly, if patients with lung fibrosis get the disease caused by CoVid-19, they have a higher risk of severe illness or death.  Patients with pulmonary fibrosis are considered members of a higher risk group.

From what we know so far, the vaccines against CoVid-19 are well tolerated and safe.  None of the currently available products are “live vaccines.” They are based on using parts of the virus, such as components of the surface or the interior makeup of the virus (the so-called messenger RNA vaccines). Therefore, they can be considered for use by those with a compromised immune system.

For specific questions and concerns about the CoVid-19 vaccines, patients with lung fibrosis should speak to their physicians.


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Webinars:

  • Managing PF during COVID-19: What patients need to know and how to cope. May 11, 2020
  • Managing PF during COVID-19. April 21, 2020

Videos:

  • Eating well when living with PF during COVID -19
  • Coping with isolation and anxiety when living with PF during COVID-19
  • Working out at home during COVID-19

Helpful Links: To other reliable  COVID information resources

CPFF Messages: CPFF messages about COVID-19 and how CPFF is helping the PF community stay informed, supported and connected during the pandemic