Starting Monday, March 15, healthcare providers can vaccinate people with certain underlying conditions – including severe obesity, Down syndrome, and type 1 diabetes – but some say the list doesn’t is not long enough.
The list explicitly excludes hypertension, and although type 2 diabetes is on the list, type 1 diabetes is not. Autoimmune diseases aren’t either, unless you’ve had an organ transplant, which means people with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and MS (to name a few) who do not otherwise qualify will also not be able to be vaccinated.
“The list is probably too short,” said Dr. Robert Schooley, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at UC San Diego. “But that’s a complicated question.”
Schooley said the risk range can vary widely, even within the same disease.
“If we make it too complicated, we might find ourselves slowing down this process instead of…
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