Members of the T2D Healthline community share what it was like getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

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If you live with a chronic condition like type 2 diabetes, it’s likely that you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines and how they may affect you.

Some people with type 2 diabetes worry that the vaccine will cause a spike in blood sugar levels. Others have concerns about the potential side effects.

However, it’s important to remember that if you live with a condition like type 2 diabetes, you may also be at a higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 complications.

The overwhelming consensus among doctors is that the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting a COVID-19 vaccine is recommended and safe for most people living with chronic conditions.

If you have specific questions about how the vaccine may affect you or interact with other drugs you are taking, it is a great idea to speak with your doctor.

If your doctor has already suggested that you get the vaccine but you’re still feeling unsure, it can help to hear from others who know how you are feeling firsthand.

The T2D Healthline community understands what you are going through and is here to help. Here’s what seven members had to say about their experiences getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I got the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, one and done. So far, not one side effect. My blood sugar was lower afterward, but that may also be a result of fasting beforehand.” — Anjanette Brown

“I’ve had no side effects whatsoever. My blood sugar did not go up. No soreness in my arm. No headache.” — Susie51

“I had a sore arm. I got my second shot yesterday and still only had a sore arm like the first shot.” — Korie C.

“I had absolutely no problems with anything except that it raised my blood sugar by about 20 points, but it is back to normal today. I had no fever, pain, or other typical side effects. My arm was a tiny bit sore. Nothing bad. I slept like a baby last night though! Best sleep I’ve had in ages!” — Sherry

“I closely monitored my blood sugar, and I’m happy to report no changes whatsoever. Moderna ROCKS!” — Luella T.

“My wife, my brother, my neighbor and I have all gotten our vaccines; no one had any side effects.” — Jim333

“I got my COVID-19 vaccine! I have had some arm, knee, and foot pain but nothing bad. I felt tired after getting my first shot.

“The only thing that happened after my second shot was a sore arm for a few days then that was gone! There were no other side effects from the second shot. For me, getting the Pfizer vaccine was a very good experience.” — Debbie A.

Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and challenging for everyone. For people living with a chronic condition, and those with loved ones living with chronic conditions, this stress and anxiety has been magnified.

Deciding to get a COVID-19 vaccine may feel like a big deal, but it doesn’t need to feel scary. The COVID-19 vaccines currently available have been granted emergency use authorization by the FDA.

Doctors agree that the vaccines are safe and effective and that their benefits far outweigh the risk of side effects.

Getting vaccinated is the best thing we can do as individuals to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.


Elinor Hills is an associate editor at Healthline. She’s passionate about the intersection of emotional well-being and physical health as well as how individuals form connections through shared medical experiences. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, photography, drawing, and spending way too much of her time running.