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Georgia is still in Phase 1A of vaccine distribution, behind like much of the nation. I am most likely considered Phase 1C or Phase 2 (see recommendations below) as I am not an essential worker or over 75 years of age. But it's not too early to get a feel for how diabetics who have been vaccinated are faring.

According to this website, People with diabetes in both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna trials have not reported major side effects.


Because of the mild symptoms experienced by some, it is important to stay vigilant about blood sugar levels for the first 24 to 48 hours after receiving the vaccine. The symptoms may impact your BG, so check your levels frequently, stay hydrated, and be familiar with your sick day routine. The mild symptoms you may experience after the vaccine are significantly safer and more easily managed than potentially getting COVID-19 itself.


You are not more at risk to catch the novel coronavirus if you have diabetes, but if you do catch the virus, you may be more at risk for more severe complications from COVID-19, particularly if you have been experiencing consistently elevated blood sugar levels.

A Vanderbilt University Medical Center study suggests that given the severity of COVID-19 symptoms experienced by those who are either type 1 or type 2 diabetic, vaccination priority should be given to diabetics, especially whose diabetes is not under control.

JDRF, which focuses on type 1 diabetes, is also calling on vaccine prioritization for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

COVID-19 has taken a significant toll on the diabetes community. A new study shows that people who get COVID and have diabetes, whether type 1 or type 2, have three to four times higher risk of severe illness and hospitalization. Based on this evidence, JDRF calls upon healthcare decision makers to make people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, as well as their caregivers, a high priority for receiving COVID-19 vaccines.


All data show the vaccines are safe and effective for people with T1D.


It does not matter which one you get. Your local state health authorities will determine which vaccine you receive, and JDRF does not recommend getting one over another. The most important thing is getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

T1D is not classified as a high-risk medical condition in this stage, but JDRF is advocating for the T1D community to be prioritized.

If type 1 diabetes were to be reclassified as high risk (meaning Phase 1C rather than Phase 2), then type 2 diabetes likely would be as well.

Who thinks the good news is that there do not appear to be any side effects or special considerations for diabetics receiving the vaccine but diabetics are not yet considered enough at-risk to raise their priority, so it will probably be March or April before he becomes eligible...

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