Australian adults with diabetes & the COVID-19 vaccine
Friday, 19 February 2021
Australia’s peak diabetes organisations are encouraging all Australian adults with diabetes to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as the vaccine is available to them.
The COVID-19 vaccinations are safe and have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) rigorous testing process. Both vaccines currently approved by the TGA (AstraZeneca and Pfizer) are suitable for use in adults living with diabetes.
A joint statement from Diabetes Australia, the Australian Diabetes Society, the Australian Diabetes Educators Association recommended all adults with diabetes get vaccinated against COVID-19. There is clear evidence that people with diabetes are at higher risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19. There is clear evidence that the approved vaccines reduce the risk of serious illness with COVID-19.
It is important that as many Australians as possible get vaccinated. This is the best path forward in the fight against the virus.
COVID-19 vaccine rollout timing
The vaccine rollout will occur in three phases:
- Phase 1a includes frontline workers with a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 including quarantine and border workers, health workers and aged care and disability care staff. Aged care and disability residents can also get vaccinated in this group.
- Phase 1b includes all adults aged over 70 years and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 55. Phase 1b also includes younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability. The details of which underlying medical conditions will be included in phase 1b are not yet clear.
- Phase 2a includes Australians between 50-69 years and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18-54 years.
- The remaining Australian adults will be vaccinated in Phase 2b, while children (if recommended) will be vaccinated in Phase 3.
Diabetes is of course an important underlying medical condition and we believe younger adults with diabetes should be prioritised in either Phase 1b or 2a. We have written to the Minister seeking an assurance that all adults with diabetes will be vaccinated as part of Phase 1b or 2a.
The exact timing of each phase is still to be determined.
You can find more information about the vaccine roll-out at health.gov.au
Information for Queenslanders
Each State/Territory government is responsible for administering vaccinations. For up-to-date information on vaccination locations please check with your State or Territory Department of Health.
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