IDF statement on COVID-19 vaccination

24 February 2021

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is concerned about the health of the diabetes community worldwide during these difficult times and continues to monitor the coronavirus pandemic closely.

People living with diabetes and other underlying health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, chronic respiratory disease and cancer, are at an increased risk of poor health outcomes as a consequence of COVID-19. It is important therefore that people with diabetes are included among priority groups for vaccination programmes.

IDF strongly recommends governments to prioritise access to vaccines for people living with diabetes and other health conditions, and advises people living with diabetes to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest opportunity that is offered to them.

IDF has signed the WHO vaccine equity declaration, which calls on countries and companies to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in every country by April 7, World Health Day.

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