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Research institute vaccinating older Hispanic, Latinos with diabetes in Santa Barbara

COVID-19 vaccine
Posted at 11:46 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 14:46:57-05

The Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in Santa Barbara started administering covid-19 vaccines to residents with diabetes.

Older Hispanic and Latino adults with diabetes are at a higher risk for covid-19 complications compared to other groups, according to health officials with the institute.

“We continue to see a disproportionate number of Latino adults hospitalized because of COVID-19, and with diabetes, the risk of an extremely serious outcome from the infection is increased dramatically," said Dr. David Kerr, SDRI’s director of research and innovation.

Hispanic and Latino adults tend to develop diabetes at a younger age because of overall worse blood glucose control and a higher risk of serious complications associated with diabetes.

SDRI is working to help this vulnerable population.

Health officials are hoping to soon vaccinate other Latinos with diabetes at a younger age, essential workers and also non-Latinos with diabetes.

Current state guidelines allow those over the age of 65 and with type 1 diabetes to be eligible for the vaccine once it is available at SDRI.

Supply is currently limited, and vaccinations are only available by invitation and appointment.

Bilingual staff encourages residents to reach out by calling 805-699-1519 to check your eligibility and to be placed on a waiting list at SDRI.