What People With Diabetes Need To Know About The COVID-19 Vaccine

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues in fits and starts, who gets vaccinated and when is a subject of intense debate. Health care workers, nursing home residents, and essential workers are receiving top priority, followed by those 65 and older and individuals with pre-existing health conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to the virus. But what about people with diabetes? Where do they fit into the vaccination schedule, and should they be prioritized over other people? Should those with type 1 diabetes receive the same place in line as those with type 2?

Those With Type 2 Diabetes – But Not Those With Type 1 – Are In Phase 1C

As reported in The Hill, diabetes advocacy groups are calling on officials to prioritize Type 1 diabetes patients in their COVID-19 vaccination scheduling, citing new research on the risks of serious complications after contracting the virus. Nineteen diabetes advocacy organizations recently sent a letter to top officials at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking that it recommend that individuals with Type 1 diabetes be included in prioritized vaccine populations.

States are generally following the CDC’s guidelines for tiered vaccine distribution. Under those guidelines, individuals between 65 and 74-years-old and those between 16 and 64 who have underlying medical conditions should receive the vaccine in Phase 1C of the rollout. While type 2 diabetes is listed as one of the qualifying underlying medical conditions for this phase, type 1 diabetes is not.

“The new science leaves little doubt that there should be no distinction between individuals with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus, given the common, heightened risk both groups face for the most severe health outcomes of COVID-19,” the groups said in their letter to the CDC.

The letter noted that people with Type 1 diabetes are 3.3 times more likely to develop severe COVID-19 complications and are 3.9 times more likely to be hospitalized than those without diabetes, statistics similar to those with Type 2 diabetes.

Only four states — Ohio, Delaware, Tennessee, and Virginia — consider Type 1 diabetes an underlying medical condition. Updating CDC guidelines would increase the chance that more states will add the disease to their list of prioritized vaccine recipients.

During The Pandemic, Managing Your Diabetes Is More Important Than Ever

As noted, patients with COVID-19 and diabetes typically have a more dire prognosis, most likely because of the concurring effect of multiple risk factors associated with diabetes.

If you have diabetes, effectively managing your blood sugar levels is one of the most important things you can do to lower your risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19.  Fortunately, advancements in glucose monitoring technology have made controlling your glucose levels easier than ever.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) allows those with diabetes to avoid the finger-pricking through the use of a tested, approved, and easy-to-use transceiver device.

Contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.


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*Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings when you suspect readings may be in accurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

Reference 1: Data on file. Abbott Diabetes Care. 2, FreeStyle Libre 14 day User’s Manual

Indications and Important Safety Information

FreeStyle Libre and FreeStyle Libre 14 day Flash Glucose Monitoring systems are continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices indicated for replacing blood glucose testing and detecting trends and tracking patterns aiding in the detection of episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, facilitating both acute and long-term therapy adjustments in persons (age 18 and older) with diabetes. The systems are intended for single patient use and require a prescription.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Remove the sensor before MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or diathermy treatment.

WARNINGS/LIMITATIONS: Do not ignore symptoms that may be due to low or high blood glucose, hypoglycemic unawareness, or dehydration. Check sensor glucose readings with a blood glucose meter when Check Blood Glucose symbol appears, when symptoms do not match system readings, or when readings are suspected to be inaccurate. The system does not have alarms unless the sensor is scanned, and the system contains small parts that may be dangerous if swallowed. The system is not approved for pregnant women, persons on dialysis, or critically-ill population. Sensor placement is not approved for sites other than the back of the arm and standard precautions for transmission of blood borne pathogens should be taken. The built-in blood glucose meter is not for use on dehydrated, hypotensive, in shock, hyperglycemic-hyperosmolar state, with or without ketosis, neonates, critically-ill patients, or for diagnosis or screening of diabetes. When using FreeStyle LibreLink app, access to a blood glucose monitoring system is required as the app does not provide one. Review all product information before use or contact Abbott Toll Free (855-632-8658) or visit www.freestylelibre.us for detailed indications for use and safety information.html. . FreeStyle, Libre, and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2018 Abbott. ADC-09691 vLO 10/18

*The FreeStyle LibreLink app and the FreeStyle Libre 14 day reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings, when you suspect readings may be inaccurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

The FreeStyle Libre 2 app and the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol and when your glucose alarms and readings from the system do not match symptoms or expectations

‡‡‡Based on the sensor being replaced once every 14 days, and scanned at least once every 8 hours.

§§§Glucose readings are not available during 1-hour warm-up, when sensor is too hot or too cold, when you see an error or "LO" or "HI" message, or no current glucose reading