Flagler County COVID-19 vaccine occasion presents pictures for folks with diabetes


FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Any adult with Type 1 or 2 diabetes can sign up for the coronavirus vaccine during a special event in Palm Coast on April 8th.

The Flagler County Department of Health and AdventHealth Palm Coast are hosting the vaccine event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Prior registration by telephone is required to participate.

Dr. Stephen Bickel, DOH-Flagler’s medical director, said people with diabetes are more susceptible to COVID-19 according to early studies of the virus.

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“Early studies showed that around 25% of people who went to hospital with severe COVID-19 infections had diabetes. People with diabetes were more likely to have serious complications and die from the virus, “Bickel said in a press release. “One reason is that high blood sugar weakens the immune system and makes it less able to fight off infection.”

Bickel said people with diabetes can also have other comorbid conditions, such as high blood pressure, kidney disease, or heart disease.

“For these reasons, all patients with diabetes are extremely vulnerable, and we want to help them get vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Bickel.

Those interested in the Moderna vaccination must pre-register at the DOH-Flagler Diabetes Awareness Center by calling 386-313-7263 or 386-313-7264.

On vaccination day, people should go to 60 Memorial Parkway in Palm Coast and enter the hospital near the ambulatory entrance and follow signs to Classroom D.

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