Abstract

Background: Covid-19 vaccination has started in the majority of the countries at the global level. Cancer patients are at high risk for infection, serious illness, and death from COVID-19 and need vaccination guidance and support.

Guidance availability in the English language only is a major limit for recommendations’ delivery and their application in the world’s population and generates information inequalities across the different populations.

Methods: Most of the available COVID-19 vaccination guidance for cancer patients was screened and scrutinized by the European Cancer Patients Coalition (ECPC) and an international oncology panel of 52 physicians from 33 countries.

Results: A summary guidance was developed and provided in 28 languages in order to reach more than 70 percent of the global population.

Conclusion: Language barrier and e-guidance availability in the native language are the most important barriers when communicating with patients. E-guidance availability in various native languages should be considered a major priority by international medical and health organizations that are communicating with patients at the global level.

Keywords: Population, vaccination, cancer patients, languages, global, guidance.

Graphical Abstract
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“A world of languages” Modified with permission from Alberto Lucas Lopez. Available from: https://www.scmp.com/infographics/article/1810040/infographic-world-languages

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