Petition update

COVID-19 Vaccination Prioritization for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) FAQ’s

Jessica vonGoeler
Arlington, MA, United States

Feb 9, 2021 — 

Why do we need this petition?

Adults with T1D in Massachusetts will receive the COVID-19 vaccine later than others with the same risks.  This raises significant concerns for all Massachusetts residents living with T1D.

Is Type 1 Diabetes really not included when Type 2 is?

The current list of included comorbidities can be found on the Massachusetts state website: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/certain-medical-conditions-for-phase-2-groups

Why is Type 1 Diabetes not included?

The state is following CDC guidance.  The CDC states Type 1 Diabetes "might be at increased risk" based on what they know.  This designation is not significant enough to qualify.

What are the national organizations doing to help?

National organizations are focused on their work with the CDC to update federal vaccine guidelines to include T1D as high risk.  Effective grassroots, volunteer driven effort, such as this one, will strengthen their efforts. 

Vaccine distribution has been challenging, why advocate now?

The difference between Phase 2 and Phase 3 could be months.  Every day matters when you are high risk.   Also, vaccine distribution will improve.

What about other priority groups?

Science overwhelmingly supports T1D as a priority group.   A data based decision would  include Type 1 Diabetes in the existing comorbidity priority groups.  

What can I tell my friends about the risks of COVID with Type 1 Diabetes?

Studies show people with T1D are at the same risk as people with T2D.  Risks include: 

  • 3.3x more likely to experience severe illness
  • 3.9x greater risk of hospitalization
  • 3x  more like to die


What can friends and family do?

Two separate things:

1. Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/GetT1Dvaccinated4COVIDinMA

2. Sign the letter on Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition Website:  https://diabetespac.salsalabs.org/vaccineprioritization/index.html?fbclid=IwAR1K-jW8JVjkcGYfOyCuRLadf_iQdOl3xCd872DjONeZXb6yL8W36EBjtSA


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