Please save the date,
August 21, 2021
for our 14th annual Taste of the Vine celebration featuring fine wine,
gourmet food, and organic fresh vegetables from the
Central Coast’s best purveyors.

Stay tuned for more details!
Having access to good food is a human right. For too long, the Latino community has faced serious long-term medical problems caused by challenges in accessing healthy food. This includes a disproportionate burden of diabetes and other serious medical conditions. Supported by a generous award from a local foundation, the Mil Familias team at SDRI has launched Veggie IQ.

Veggie IQ aims to excite young people to become Santa Barbara’s first Youth Scientists. Youth Scientists will use science and technology to highlight the important links between good food and good physical and mental well-being while ending the health inequalities faced by many young people in America today. This is a youth-led movement in which participants will learn about science, nutrition, technology, and marketing strategies. They will then encourage peers and younger students to think about food as medicine, while using the power of science and technology to improve the health of the community.
FAQs about the COVID-19 Vaccine and Diabetes:
Is it safe for people with diabetes to receive the vaccine?

Yes! There are three COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and recently approved Johnson & Johnson – and people with diabetes were included in all three clinical trials.

  • Pfizer trial included 3,150 people with diabetes
  • Moderna trial included 2,858 people with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes
  • Johnson & Johnson trial included 3,196 people with diabetes

Dr. Francine Kaufman, Chief Medical Officer of Senseonics, Inc. and Pediatric Endocrinologist, noted that these vaccines were advanced quickly thanks to the immense resources provided for COVID vaccine development – even with a speedy process, the vaccine manufacturers had to follow the typical safety steps and thorough checks.

The safety of all COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority, and they are being held to the same safety standards as all vaccines. Before authorization of the vaccine, the FDA an ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunized Practices) reviews all safety data before recommending use. After authorization, the FDA and CDC closely monitor vaccine safety and side effects. There are systems in place that allow CDC and FDA to watch for safety issues. VAERS, Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and V-safe are in place to capture this data.

When will people with diabetes be eligible to receive the vaccine?

In CA, the state and local county health departments have primarily been in charge of distributing the vaccines. The control of distribution and decision making is being handed over through a contract to Blue Shield. Blue Shield is in process of taking over the distribution, in a more streamlined and equitable manner. Each county in CA has to follow what the state guidelines are, and expectations of supply. Below are some resources to confirm your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine:
Does it matter which vaccine I receive if I have diabetes?

No, all the safety reports, all three seem to be equally effective, safe, and are well researched. During vaccine distribution, you most likely will not have a choice in which vaccine you receive, it simply depends on the supply at that time. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are authorized vaccines that require two shots, meaning that they are not considered fully effective until you have received both doses, and your immune system has developed protection against the virus. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose vaccine. For more information about the Pfizer vaccine, click here. For more information about the Moderna vaccine, click here. For more information about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, click here.

It is safe to receive the vaccine if I am currently pregnant?

One general guiding principle for vaccination during pregnancy is that live-virus vaccines are not recommended because of a hypothetical risk to the fetus, says Melanie Maykin, a maternal-fetal medicine fellow at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She belongs to a committee at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine that advocates for equitable care during pregnancy.

Neither of the three vaccines contain a live virus. They work by introducing mRNA, which is a set of instructions for our cells to build a piece of protein found on the surface of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Our immune system then develops a response against that protein, producing antibodies that can fight the actual virus. “When you think of the biologic plausibility that this set of instructions, this mRNA, could cause any harm to the pregnant woman or the fetus, it’s very unlikely because that mRNA gets degraded very quickly after the cell uses it to make the protein,” Maykin says.

Watch our OneTalk meeting with Dr. Kristin Castorino and Kristen Nelson, MSN, FNP below. We discussed the COVID-19 Vaccine and T1D.
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