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COVID-19 vaccine guidance: Diabetes and autoimmune disease

Last Modified: February 03, 2021

Diseases & Disorders

There’s an overwhelming amount of information circulating in the media regarding the coronavirus vaccine. This can lead to confusion and trepidation about the best course of action for each individual. Particularly those who are dealing with chronic disease or other comorbidities that could complicate their decision.

Autoimmune diseases – those in which the body’s immune system reacts with components of its own cells and mistakenly attacks healthy cells, tissues and organs – impact an estimated 24 million people in America. This category includes type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis.


In an effort to help this population assess the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, we enlisted the expertise of Jeffrey Boord, MD, PPG – Endocrinology, Diabetes Management. In this video he discusses general recommendations for patients with an autoimmune diagnosis and the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. If you have questions, you should always consult your physician.

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