Understanding vaccine eligibility for those with one or more high-risk medical conditions.
High-risk individuals in Group 4 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This group includes anyone age 16-64 years old with one or more high-risk medical conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness. These include:
- Asthma (moderate to severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease or history of stroke
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Dementia or other neurologic condition
- Diabetes type 1 or 2
- Down Syndrome
- A heart condition such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from: immune deficiencies, HIV, taking chronic steroids or other immune weakening medicines, history of solid organ blood or bone marrow transplant
- Liver disease, including hepatitis
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Overweight or obesity
- Sickle cell disease (not including sickle cell trait) or thalassemia
- Smoking (current or former, defined as having smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime)
The CDC may update the list of high-risk conditions as scientists learn more about COVID-19.
As more vaccines become available, other groups will become eligible for vaccination. Eventually, everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to receive one. Find out when you will be eligible here.
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