New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says starting Monday, February 15, local health departments can start signing up people of any age with underlying medical conditions known as co-morbidities for COVID vaccines.

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Some of those conditions include cancer, diabetes, some lung diseases, severe obesity and pregnancy.

Cuomo says no local health department should accept appointments until the vaccine allocation amounts are known and no earlier than February 14.  The local departments will determine how, where and when to schedule appointments in their jurisdictions.

The Chenango County Health Department put out a statement on social media informing residents that they do not have a waiting list for those under the age of 65 with comorbidities or underlying health conditions at this time.  They’re telling residents not to call or email them to be put on a list unless they are in the 1a or 1b priority groups at this time.

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When the openings for pre-existing conditions do become available, residents will have to provide documentation of their condition such as a letter from a doctor, medical information showing evidence or signed certification.

Here is the list of conditions released by the Governor's Office:

  • 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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