On Friday, Massachusetts added type 1 diabetes, HIV, overweight, and substance use disorder health conditions to the list of health conditions that make residents eligible for current and upcoming COVID-19 vaccinations, bringing the state to the federal The government’s recommendations are consistent.
The additional conditions expand the number of residents currently eligible for vaccinations and the number of residents eligible for vaccinations when the state opens appointments to a larger group on Monday. Currently, people with two or more eligible health conditions are eligible for vaccination. On Monday, people 55 years and older and people with one eligible health condition will be able to make an appointment. The state said Monday’s qualification pool will expand by about 1
This change also aligns the state with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Baker administration said in a statement on Friday: “This week, the CDC has added more medical conditions that are linked to an increased risk of serious illnesses from COVID-19.” “Massachusetts will adopt this guidance. The qualification review of individuals suffering from one of the above-mentioned diseases will be carried out from April 5. As the CDC list is adopted, more residents will be eligible to participate from April 5.”
Previously, the state listed obesity and severe obesity, with a body mass index of 30 kg/m² or higher. The state’s website now lists “overweight and obesity” as a qualifying condition and instructs residents to visit the CDC’s website to calculate their body mass index.
New York State is currently building a tool that will allow pre-registered residents to change their submissions if they are eligible under the newly added conditions. The statement said that the feature will be “available soon.”
Eligible medical conditions include: cancer; chronic kidney disease; chronic lung diseases, including COPD, asthma (moderate to severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension; dementia or other neurological diseases; diabetes ( Type 1 or 2), Down syndrome; heart disease, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy or hypertension; HIV infection; immunocompromised state; liver disease; obesity; pregnancy; sickle cell disease or Thalassemia; smoking; solid organ or blood stem cell transplantation; stroke or cerebrovascular disease; or substance use disorder.
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