Diabetic patients are a priority group for vaccinations worldwide, as they are more likely to develop severe forms of COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) has also classified people with either type 1 or 2 diabetes as "more likely to get severely ill." It recommends that patients with certain health conditions, including diabetes, get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Based on the research of at-risk groups, The Lancet presented a tentative schema for prioritizing vaccines and preventative drugs. It noted that groups at risk of severe infection, such as those with non-communicable disorders including diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, should be prioritized for vaccines.
The Diabetes Research Institute states that diabetic subjects in both the Pfizer and Moderna trials reported no severe side effects. Overall, mild side effects were noted by clinical trial participants. Post vaccine side effects were similar to those without diabetes and included injection site soreness, light weariness, and a low-grade fever. Mild reactions are common after the vaccine. They result from the immune system being activated due to the vaccine, giving the person the ability to fight the actual virus if exposed to it.
The Diabetes Research Institute Director Dr. Camillo Ricordi said in a statement: "Diabetes is associated with increased severity of COVID-19, indicating an urgent and continued need to mitigate risk in this community. It is important that patients with diabetes receive the vaccine, and both types of diabetes should be prioritized."
The Hindustan Times reported that the Indian government had listed diabetes, hypertension, cancer, lymphoma, and people with impairments as a priority among those with comorbidities. Diabetic patients were included in group six on the priority list for COVID-19 vaccination in the U.K.
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