New Jersey Adds Overweight, High Blood Pressure, HIV And Other Conditions To COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

In addition to the new groups becoming eligible for the vaccine on March 15 and March 29, New Jersey has updated the medical conditions on the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility list.

In a press release Monday, New Jersey announced that “the eligibility list will indicate that all individuals ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that increase the risk or might increase the risk of severe illness from the virus, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.

The addition puts New Jersey in line with New York, who already has the list of conditions that might increase risk of severe illness on their website.

11 New Conditions Added for Vaccine Eligibility

Adults might be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19 if they have these conditions:

Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
Cystic fibrosis
Hypertension or high blood pressure
Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
Liver disease
Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2) Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues) Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder) Type 1 diabetes mellitus

Pre-existing Conditions For Vaccine Eligibility

Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

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 (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2) Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2) Pregnancy Sickle cell disease Smoking Type 2 diabetes mellitus

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