Hi Everyone - I live in Massachusetts - and found out that only Type 2 diabetics will be receiving the COVID vaccine in the early phases of distribution.
This seems to be treated differently across the board. Mass is following CDC, which is not classifying T1 as high risk. NY State is including T1 and T2 in the same category.
I also saw the JDRF is advocating for us to receive it earlier. I’ve tried writing letters to the Mass Dept of Public Health, governor’s office, covid committee, and reached out to Joslin which is right here in Boston.
I’ve been erring on the side of caution and seeing very few people - if any at all - and I think it crushed me a bit to find out I would not be getting the vaccine for months, when I originally thought it could be this month.
Are your states giving you access to the vaccine early? Any suggestions for getting the word out to advocate for us?
Also - I know the risks are different for T1 vs. T2, we truly have very different diseases, but I have been a bit spooked about stories I have heard. T1D’s with no previous kidney disease going into COVID induced kidney failure - as young as 30. I just heard a few of these stories from people I know, and can’t seem to shake the fear.
What have you all heard regarding our risks? Does Massachusetts have it wrong?