BOSTON (CBS) — No doctor’s note will be needed for those in Massachusetts who are seeking a coronavirus vaccine because they have two or more eligible medical conditions. Gov. Charlie Baker said at a news conference Wednesday that eligibility is “based on an honor system” when it comes to a person’s health history.
Starting Thursday, Massachusetts is opening up vaccine appointments to people with two or more eligible medical conditions listed by the Centers for Disease Control. That list includes conditions such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, Down Syndrome, heart failure or heart disease, immunocompromised individuals, obesity and severe obesity, pregnancy, smoking, Type 2 diabetes and moderate to severe asthma.READ MORE: I-Team: Kids In Crisis Spend Weeks In Emergency Room Waiting For Mental Health Services
Those signing up for a vaccine need to fill out an attestation form confirming that they are eligible, but there aren’t any special precautions being taken against those who might try to take advantage of the system.
“For the most part… people do follow the rules. Will there be examples or incidents or circumstances where people don’t? Maybe,” Baker said. “But I think the overwhelming majority of folks try to be honest about this stuff.”
“People do for the most part follow the rules,” says MA Gov Charlie Baker about letting people who say they have 2 medical conditions get vaccine, on the honors system. #wbz pic.twitter.com/GQ5ngtxtq0READ MORE: Worcester Businesses Hope WooSox Help Them Bounce Back From COVID Pandemic
— Christina Hager (@HagerWBZ) February 17, 2021
Visit Mass.Gov/CovidVaccine to find out when you’re eligible and to book an appointmentMORE NEWS: TD Garden Capacity Increases As Bruins Head Into Playoffs