All Mass. Residents 55 And Older Become Eligible For COVID-19 Shot


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts has updated their vaccine eligibility to include all residents 55 and older along with those who have Type 1 diabetes, among other medical conditions.

Originally, those 60 and older were eligible to schedule their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

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In addition to Type 1 diabetes, those with the following medical conditions are eligible Monday: cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Down syndrome, HIV, heart conditions "such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies," immunocompromised state from a solid organ transplant, obesity and severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, substance abuse disorders, type 2 diabetes, and moderate to severe asthma.

According to the CDC, exactly 103,800 doses will be delivered to Massachusetts.

Everyone over the age of 16 across the state will be eligible on April 19.

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