Health conditions that qualify persons under 65 years of age for COVID vaccines

February 12, California Department of Public Health announced Healthcare providers can soon vaccinate people aged 16-64 years suffering from a range of health conditions. This decree, which goes into effect on March 15, will add millions of people to the number of people eligible for vaccines in California.

– Cancer, current with weakened or immunocompromised condition
– Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
– Chronic lung disease, oxygen dependent
– Downs Syndrome
– Immunocompromised condition (weakened immune system) from organ transplantation
– Pregnancy
– Seal cell disease
– Heart disease such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathy (excludes hypertension)
– Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg / m2)
– Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%

In addition to these conditions, CDPH states that other people may qualify for vaccines if one or more of the following applies as a result of a developmental or other serious high-risk function:

– The person is likely to develop serious life-threatening illness or death as a result of COVID-19 infection
Acquiring COVID-19 will limit an individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services that are vital to their well-being and survival.
– Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability

While the list contains many serious conditions, there are several life-threatening conditions not on the list, although Mercury News points out they are associated with poorer outcomes in COVID-19 patients. Among those not included are: cystic fibrosis, dementia, hypertension, type 1 diabetes and some rare genetic diseases.


The announcement from the state expands the groups already approved to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Already approved are people in phase 1A – health workers and long-term caregivers – and phase 1B – people 65 years and older, workers in education and childcare, emergency services, agriculture and food.

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