Medical and Scientific: Breast cancer MP gets the needle

24 Feb 2021 - Medical and Scientific

Breast cancer sufferer and Labor MP Peta Murphy has become one of the first immunocompromised Australians to receive the coronavirus vaccine, telling others the jab is “safe”. Ms Murphy has had radiation treatment and is now on hormone therapy and other drugs as she battles her cancer diagnosis. “My understanding from my oncologist is that I might be a little more likely to catch (COVID-19) and be less likely to be able to fight it off,” she said. She said she was “happy” to take part in the early rollout to show other people with underlying health conditions it was okay. “I wouldn’t ask people to do something I wasn’t willing to do.”

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