California to Rollout COVID-19 Vaccine to People with Underlying Health Conditions

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  • California officials said Friday that people aged 16 to 64 who are disabled or at high risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death will receive the COVID-19 vaccine next month
  • Officials estimate the move will make nearly 6 million more people eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total number of eligible Californians to 19 million
  • The CDC explicitly stated the underlying medical conditions that makes one eligible for COVID-19 vaccination: cancer, chronic kidney disease of stage four or above, chronic pulmonary disease, Down syndrome, immunocompromised immune system from solid organ transplant, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies (excluding hypertension), severe obesity, and Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • The state also broadly defined eligible persons as those at risk of a life-threatening illness or death from a COVID-19 infection or are limited in their ability to receive ongoing care vital to their survival
  • State officials say the groups will begin receiving the vaccine March 15