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Northern Ireland updates on Covid-19 information for people with diabetes

Updated 28 July 2022

This page is specifically about guidance for people affected by diabetes in Northern Ireland. We'll continue to share relevant information provided by the Northern Ireland Executive.

As restrictions have eased significantly, it's still important that everyone, particularly people living with diabetes, follows continuing public health advice to stay safe and protect others. We also encourage everyone to receive their vaccinations, if eligible.  

In Northern Ireland:

  • The legal requirement for face coverings has been removed, but remains strongly recommended in indoor settings, including on public transport, hospitality venues, shops and workplaces. 
  • The guidance to 'work from home where possible' has been removed, however employers are advised to consider, where possible, how remote, flexible or hybrid working could be used to meet organisational need 
  • It is also recommended that people should take a lateral flow test before visiting higher risk settings to protect those at greater risk of serious illness
  • Guidance on schools can be found on the Education Authority website.

For further information on coronavirus in Northern Ireland, please visit NI Direct.


Everyone aged 5 and over in Northern Ireland, including people aged 5 and over with diabetes, can have a coronavirus vaccine. 

People living with diabetes aged 16 and over will also be entitled to a further 'booster' vaccination from later this year. Details on the winter booster vaccination programme will be available from the Department of Health in the coming months.

We've got more information about the coronavirus vaccines, including how they work. Plus, you can find out more details about the vaccination programme, including boosters, in Northern Ireland. 

Looking after yourself 

We have lots of information to help you look after yourself in our guide to diabetes. If you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, you're not alone.

We've got lots of guidance on how to cope with certain emotions and how things like stress can affect your blood sugar levels. Our Learning Zone will help you get to grips with diabetes, both physically and mentally.

And whether you'd prefer to chat to others on our online forum or give one of our helpline team a call, we're here to support you. You can always contact us directly here in Northern Ireland too. The team is working from home but we can still be reached on

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