California · COVID-19

Californians under 65 with health conditions slated for vaccine beginning mid-March

The health conditions outlined by the state for vaccine eligibility include:

  • Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (excludes hypertension)
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index over 40 kg/m2)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%

Also, according to the state, people with developmental or other high-risk disabilities can get vaccinated if:

“They’re likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection. Getting COVID-19 will limit the person’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival. Getting adequate and timely COVID-19 care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability.

The state’s bulletin says the list of eligible conditions is subject to change.

Between 4 to 6 million Californians will be eligible to get the vaccine under these categories, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in a media briefing.

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Alex Tavlian
Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.