With approximately four million New Yorkers with underlying illnesses soon to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the state has released an initial list of which comorbidities have been included.
On Friday, Feb. 5, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will be pivoting its vaccination plan to include a new cohort of people that suffer from certain underlying conditions.
According to the state, the following underlying conditions are eligible for the vaccine as of Monday, Feb. 15:
- Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers);
- Chronic kidney disease;
- Pulmonary disease;
- Intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down Syndrome;
- Heart conditions, including heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension;
- Severe obesity and obesity;
- Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia;
- Type 1 or 2 diabetes;
- Cerebrovascular disease;
- Neurologic conditions including Alzheimer’s or dementia;
- Liver disease.
Officials cautioned that the list is subject to change as more scientific evidence is published and as they analyze state-specific data.
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