Mass. Adopts CDC Vaccine Guidelines For High-Risk Health Conditions


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts is updating the list of people who will be eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine on Monday.

Gov. Charlie Baker's administration announced last month that starting on April 5, 2021, residents over the age of 55 and people with one or more high-risk medical condition will become eligible for the shot.

After calls to add certain conditions like type 1 diabetes to the roster of qualifying health risks, the state has now adopted the full list of medical conditions recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The newly added conditions that were not recognized before include people with type one diabetes, certain pulmonary conditions, dementia, liver disease, HIV infection, stroke, and substance abuse.

All Massachusetts over the age of 16 will become eligible for the vaccine on April 19, 2021 -- regardless of medical status.

Eligible residents can sign up for a Covid-19 vaccine on the state's registration website.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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