By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts expanded it’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility Monday to include anyone age 55 and older and people with one high-risk medical condition.

The state updated the list of conditions that qualify Friday to match CDC guidelines.

The full list now includes:

  • Cancer
  • 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
  • Pregnancy
  • 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 disorder

All residents age 16 and older will be eligible in two weeks, on Monday, April 19.

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