Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Advice for people with diabetes and also their families

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

Updated 27 July, 2021

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 coronavirus restrictions ease, it's still important that everyone, particularly people living with diabetes, limits their social contact, keeps at least a two-metre social distance when possible, wears a face covering in enclosed spaces, and washes their hands regularly.

In Northern Ireland:

  • People are being advised to work from home unless unable to do so. 
  • Private indoor gatherings are restricted to up to 10 people from no more than three households. Overnight stays are also permitted.
  • Outdoor domestic gatherings limited to 15 from unlimited households.

Restrictions are easing, and during this period:

  • All school pupils can attend school and childcare remains open
  • Activities in gyms and swimming pools can operate with social distancing, where possible
  • All retail and service industries can operate
  • Licensed and unlicensed premises can operate indoors and outdoors with table service only, limited per table to a maximum of six people from unlimited households. Contact details must be recorded for coronavirus tracking purposes
  • Hotels, B&Bs, visitor attractions (such as cinemas, theatres and museums) and other travel and tourism venues can operate
  • Outdoor competitive sport is permitted, limited to 500 spectators
  • Wedding and civil partnership receptions are permitted, with restrictions.

To see the current restrictions in full, please visit the NI Direct website.

Vaccines

All adults aged 18 and over in Northern Ireland are eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine. This includes people aged over 18 with diabetes. People living with diabetes aged 16 and 17 who have a letter from their GP can also receive a vaccine. Children under 16 are not currently included in the vaccination programme, except for in very exceptional circumstances.

If you are living with diabetes and aged over 16, we would encourage you to get your vaccinationBook an appointment online or telephone 0300 200 7813 for a vaccination, or alternatively, check if your local HSC Trust is offering a walk-in vaccination service. 

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

Shielding

From 12 April anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) and can't work from home has been advised to return to their workplace, providing the appropriate coronavirus safety measures are in place.

Find out more about the advice for CEV people on the NI Direct website.

Looking after yourself during the pandemic

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 n.ireland@diabetes.org.uk.

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