“Type 1 diabetes does provide you with, unfortunately, higher risk or worse outcomes of COVID-19, so as a result of which it becomes more important to protect yourself. So without hesitation, do take the vaccine. With type 1 it makes it even more important that you do.” - Professor Partha Kar OBE
In our livestream video with Professor Partha Kar OBE, we covered a range interesting topics about the COVID-19 vaccines, including the safety, risks, efficacy, side effects and benefits. Professor Kar had an informed perspective as the national diabetes advisor for the NHS England, where he has been involved in rolling out the vaccine to almost 200,000 people with type 1 diabetes across the UK.
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The key highlights covered in the conversation include:
- The potential risks associated with the vaccine, including blood clots
- Whether there is an added risk for people with type 1 diabetes
- How the vaccines actually work and the difference between the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines
- The potential short-term side effects of the vaccine for people with type 1
- The factors that can compromise your immune system, including high blood glucose levels
- Weighing up the risks of COVID-19 versus the risks of the vaccine itself
- COVID-19 vaccines in the context of pregnancy, children and older populations
“I’ll give you the advice I’ve given to my own parents, my own sister, and I give to my own patients all the time, which is do take it. If you want to avoid lockdowns … and coming out of this never-ending circle, there is only one way out of this which is the vaccine.” - Professor Partha Kar OBE
Professor Kar shared some resources that you might find useful:
- COVID-19 vaccines, pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Risk of rare blood clotting higher for COVID-19 than for vaccines
- Understanding how COVID-19 vaccines work
While Professor Kar is an advocate for having the vaccine, he added that it is a personal decision and suggests weighing up the risks of COVID-19 versus the vaccine itself.
Australians who live with type 1 diabetes are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Follow the steps in the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to register for information on how you can receive your vaccine.