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Vaccination recommendations, precautions, or contraindications for special groups

Why are people with diabetes a priority group for COVID-19 vaccination?

In general, people with diabetes are more likely to have more severe symptoms and complications when infected with any virus.

People with diabetes are more likely to have serious complications from COVID-19, in particular people who already have diabetes-related health problems, whichever type of diabetes they have.

Vaccination is safe for people with diabetes and lowers the risk of serious illness caused by COVID-19 among this group.

The risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 is likely to be lower if diabetes is well-managed. Having heart disease or other complications in addition to diabetes could worsen the chance of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, like from other viral infections, because more than one condition makes it harder for the body to fight the infection.

Viral infections can also increase inflammation, or internal swelling, in people with diabetes. This can also be caused by above-target blood sugars, and that inflammation could contribute to more severe complications.

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