April 5th, 2021


COVID-19 Vaccine and Type 1 Update


Dear Patients and Families,


At the Best Centre, our services have always stemmed from our mission to keep our patients healthy until a cure is found. This is particularly significant now as we respond to the ongoing efforts put forth by the Premier and our provincial government. As we enter into mass vaccinations, the Best Centre is responding to many questions about the vaccine itself. Please review the information below. We will continue to provide information and updates as they are available. Please bookmark this page Best Centre COVID-19 Updates.


Diabetes Canada encourages people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is accessible.


  • Type 1 diabetes, although caused by autoimmune process, is not a contraindication to receiving the vaccine.

  • Vaccine side effects include mild reactions such as pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, and/or mild fever, rash, fatigue, and ache (anaphylaxis is very rare).


Durham region will soon be moving into Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. This means that people aged 16 years and older, living with diabetes, will be eligible for their first dose. The diagnosis of diabetes falls in the Phase 2, Priority 2 group.




Once registration is open for this group, we encourage YOU to book an appointment at one of the regional clinics either on line or by phone. The Best Centre will NOT be administering the vaccine.

At this time, the Durham clinics are administering only the mRNA vaccines- Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. *Please note that teens aged 16 and 17yrs can only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This vaccine will be available in all clinics except the 3 in the north (Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock).



Best in Health,

Lorrie Hagen, RD, MHSc, CHE

Executive Director


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