You might have seen in the news that access to health services is going to be further reduced over the coming weeks. This is because the NHS is focussing on the coronavirus booster roll-out, aiming to provide a booster to everyone over the age of 18 by January 2022.
We’re working hard to understand more about what the booster roll-out will mean for people with diabetes, but most people can expect to experience some difficulties in accessing their healthcare teams for the next few weeks.
We know this will be of concern for many people living with or caring for someone with diabetes, who have already been impacted so much by the pandemic. We’re working to ensure people with diabetes continue to have access to care for any urgent health problems, and for those with the greatest need during this time.
We’re also calling on decision makers to prioritise catching up on delayed and missed care for people with diabetes as soon as possible after the booster vaccination campaign has been completed.
As we find out more, we’ll providing regular updates on our website and through our social media channels, so keep an eye out for this.
Book your booster
You should book your COVID-19 booster if you haven’t already had it.
If you still haven’t had your first or second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, we strongly encourage you to book this in as soon as possible. The COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective way to prevent you from developing a severe illness if you do catch the virus.
Doing all you can to stay well is also very important. That is why we would strongly advise you to take up the offer of a free flu jab as well. You should also continue to wear a face covering when needed and wash your hands regularly.
If you're invited for a review or other appointment such as eye screening, it is important you still attend.
Remind yourself or those you live with of your sick day rules. By doing this, if you become unwell, you'll be able to note what you need to do to prevent your diabetes causing further problems.
Our website has plenty of information about managing your diabetes safely from home too.
Getting more support
If you do have any further questions or concerns, or you’re looking for some guidance and support, we’re here to help. Call our trained advisors on our helpline on 0345 123 2399, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. They’re here to support you.