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Vaccination Eligibility Update

Today, Governor Cuomo announced an upcoming expansion of vaccination eligibility in New York State.

As of February 15, 2021, adults with specified underlying medical conditions will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The list of underlying medical conditions may change, but the current list includes:

  • 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 of from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes
  • Severe Obesity (body mass index [BMI] ≥ 40 kg/m2), Obesity (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

At this time, only the County-run sites will be able to administer vaccines to this group – the State-run sites (such as the one at SUNY Potsdam) will not. The Governor’s Office will release additional details in the coming days, and we will keep the campus updated on any changes to this policy.