Covid 19 ALERT Vaccines for 65+ are eligible

COVID-19 Alert

February 18, 2021

 

State Announces Vaccine Appointment Booking for Individuals Ages 65+, Individuals with 2+ Certain Medical Conditions

Individuals ages 65 and over and those with 2+ certain medical conditions, including Asthma, can visit www.mass.gov/covidvaccine to book an appointment for vaccinations.

Also eligible to receive the vaccine are residents and staff of low income and affordable public and private senior housing. Residents and staff of low income and affordable public and private senior housing can learn more about vaccination options here.

Individuals with 2+ Certain Medical Conditions: 

Individuals 16 and older with two or more of certain medical conditions are eligible for vaccines.

Following CDC guidelines, the Commonwealth adopted the list of conditions that cause individuals to be at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Massachusetts has also identified moderate-to-severe asthma as an eligible medical condition.

Here is a list of some Phase 2 eligible conditions: Asthma (moderate-to-severe), Cancer, Chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Down Syndrome, Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies, immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, obesity and severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Here is more information on all eligible conditions:  CDC: COVID-19: People with Certain Medical Conditions.

With this announcement, almost 1 million individuals are newly eligible for vaccine.

Due to extremely high demand for appointments and limited vaccine supply, it could take more than a month for all eligible individuals to secure an available appointment, unless federal supply significantly increases.