Details of certain medical conditions that make people eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 2.
COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals with certain medical conditions
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The CDC has defined the list of conditions that cause individuals to be at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- Individuals 16 and older with one or more of these certain medical conditions are now eligible.
Eligible Medical Conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
- Dementia or other neurological conditions
- Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
- Down syndrome
- Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)
- HIV infection
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
- Liver disease
- Overweight and obesity
- Calculate your BMI here: Adult BMI Calculator | CDC
- Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
- Smoking, current or former
- Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
- Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
- Substance use disorders
Learn more from CDC: COVID-19: People with Certain Medical Conditions
How to schedule and prepare for your appointment
You will not need copies of medical records or a note from your doctor or health care provider to confirm you are eligible for these groups.
At this time, individuals 16 and older with one or more of certain medical conditions are eligible to receive the vaccine. Individuals age 16-17 should only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time. Read more about vaccine safety.
Step 1: Preregister for a mass vaccination or regional collaborative location, or find a location and schedule your appointment
There are different ways to find a vaccine appointment:
- Preregister at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov to be notified when it's your turn to schedule an appointment at a mass vaccination or regional collaborative location
- Use VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations
Massachusetts’ preregistration system makes it easier to request and schedule an appointment. People can preregister for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at mass vaccination locations and certain regional collaborative locations only. More locations will continue to be added.
Once you sign up for preregistration, you’ll receive weekly status updates. You can opt out at any time if you find an appointment elsewhere. Once an appointment is available, you’ll be contacted with the opportunity to book the appointment and have 24 hours to accept it.
Massachusetts receives a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government each week. Due to high demand and very limited supply, it may take several weeks to schedule an appointment or to be notified that an appointment is available.
Step 2: Learn how to prepare for your appointment and what you need to bring with you.
You will never be asked for a credit card number to make an appointment.
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