Those with the disease at higher risk of serious illness if infected
Shayan Talabany, a Wimbledon based volunteer with Diabetes UK
Diabetes UK is urging people in Wimbledon with diabetes to take up the coronavirus vaccine when it is offered.
People with diabetes have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they develop coronavirus.
For people living with diabetes, the best protection against coronavirus is to avoid contact with the virus and to get vaccinated.
Shayan Talabany, aged 25, a Kurdish-British policy analyst who lives in Wimbledon and works in Westminster. She is Diabetes UK volunteer and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 14 years ago.
Shayan said, “I didn’t hesitate when I got the text to get my vaccination. I had my first dose in February and encourage everyone in the Middle Eastern and other ethnic minority diaspora communities to take up the vaccine when you are given the chance. It is particularly important if, like me, you have type 1 diabetes. This has affected us all – including many close members of family. “
Roz Rosenblatt, Regional Head in for London at Diabetes UK, said: “All adults with diabetes are now being offered the vaccine, so it’s incredibly important to take up your invitation – to help keep yourself, your family, and your community safe. The vaccines being offered are safe and will save lives, so please don’t hesitate to get the vaccine when the time comes. If you have any worries or questions about the vaccine, call Diabetes UK’s Helpline on 0345 123 2399 to talk things through.”
Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. With the right treatment, knowledge and support, people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life.
If you have any concerns or would like more information, call Diabetes UK’s Helpline on 0345 123 2399 or visit our Learning Zone at diabetes.org.uk/learningzone for a free five-minute course on everything you need to know about the vaccine.
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May 10, 2021