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CA Expands Vaccine Eligibility to Adults w/ Underlying Health Conditions

Starting March 15, Californians with underlying health conditions can receive the vaccine
By - posted 2/12/2021 No Comment

Thanks to ABC7 for sharing the news that California has just expanded who will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.

Starting March 15, adults aged 16-54 with underlying health conditions will be eligible for the vaccine.

Vaccine Prioritization (as vaccine supply allows)

1)   Currently vaccines may be distributed to populations identified in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Tier 1.

2)   Beginning March 15, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the following severe health conditions:

  • Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease,  oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (excludes hypertension)
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%


If as a result of a developmental or other severe high-risk disability one or more of the following applies:

  • The individual is likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection
  • Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival
  • Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability

The list of eligible conditions is subject to change as additional scientific evidence is published and as CDPH obtains and analyzes additional state-specific data.

Read more at the California Department of Public Health.