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NYS COVID-19 Vaccine: Definition of Immuno-Compromised Eligible People Now Clarified

NY Governor Cuomo releases list of eligible co-morbidities and underlying conditions eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

New Yorkers receive COVID-19 vaccines at New York State Vaccination Site in Mt. Vernon..
Image comes courtesy of the Governor’s Office.

Today, NY Governor Cuomo announced that those with certain combined illnesses as well as others with underlying conditions would be eligible for the Coronavirus Vaccine beginning February 15, 2021.

This follows on the CDC’s January 12th declaration that those aged 65 and above as well as the immuno-compromised would be added to the list of those qualified to receive the vaccine under the phase 1b vaccination process. At the time, due to the lack of clarity as to what conditions & illnesses fell under that label the governor was unable to enable such individuals with vaccination priority.

“New Yorkers with comorbidities and underlying conditions exist throughout the state’s population—they’re our teachers, lawyers and carpenters, in addition to the doctors who keep us safe every day, and they are a highly affected population,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re committed to vaccinating vulnerable populations that have suffered the most as we distribute a strictly limited supply of vaccines, and people with comorbidities are 94 percent of the state’s COVID deaths. That’s why we’ll open eligibility to people with comorbidities starting February 15 and give hospitals the ability to use extra doses they have to address that population. Local governments have a week to prepare for the new change—they need to get ready now.”

  • Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes
  • Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus 
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia
  • Liver disease


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