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COVID 19 vaccination and breast screening

COVID 19 vaccination and breast screening

Why is BreastScreen WA asking patients about their COVID vaccination?

As you are no doubt aware the Commonwealth Government has committed to a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program to be completed by the end of 2021.

There is no evidence that the COVID-19 disease or COVID-19 vaccination has any adverse effect on the breast tissue. Some recently published medical studies have reported a small incidence of mild lymph gland swelling in the axilla on the side of the inoculation for up to 6 weeks after the vaccination.

BreastScreen WA is not recommending that women delay or reschedule their screening appointments.

BreastScreen WA is asking your patient questions about the date, arm and brand of COVID-19 inoculation, so the consultant radiologist has this information when they interpret your patient’s mammogram images.

If you have any queries about this matter, please contact BreastScreen WA’s Liaison GP at eric.khong@health.wa.gov.au

Last Updated: 22/03/2021