Official Statement

ADA Statement on the FDA Authorization of COVID-19 Booster Vaccines

September 24, 2021 | Arlington, Virginia

“With more than 40 percent of all COVID-19 related deaths occurring among people with diabetes, many if not all adults with the disease, should strongly consider getting vaccine boosters. We urge people with diabetes to consult with their health care providers to discuss if the booster is appropriate for them,” said Dr. Robert Gabbay, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer for the American Diabetes Association.

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About the American Diabetes Association
Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. More than 122 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For 81 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).