Days before Massachusetts opens COVID-19 vaccinations up to people with one co-morbidity, the Baker administration added Type 1 diabetes, hypertension and HIV to the state’s list of eligible health conditions.
The change comes days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added those conditions to the federal list of eligible co-morbidities.
People ages 55 and up will also be allowed to sign up for a vaccine appointment starting Monday. The state will open vaccinations to people ages 16 and up on April 19, Patriots’ Day.
Here are the health conditions that count starting Monday:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic lung diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Moderate-to-severe asthma
- Interstitial lung disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Dementia or other neurological conditions
- Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
- Down syndrome
- Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension
- HIV infection
- An immunocompromised state
- Liver disease
- Overweight and obesity
- Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
- Smoking or having smoked in the past
- Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
- Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
- Substance use disorders
Gov. Charlie Baker was asked during a news conference in Chelsea Thursday whether Massachusetts will add Type 1 diabetes before Monday, when people with one co-morbidity can get vaccinated. Baker said he could talk to the state’s vaccine advisory board.
Dozens of state legislators signed onto a letter dated Wednesday that urged Baker to add intellectual and developmental disabilities to the co-morbidities list.
“Research shows that I/DD, autism, down syndrome, neurological conditions and acquired brain jury all increase an individual’s risk of serious complications and death from COVID-19,” the letter states. “In addition, many people with disabilities have experienced difficulty engaging in preventative health measures and disruptions to health services they normally rely on as a result of the pandemic.”