CANTON, NY — The term comorbidity—which means having one or more health conditions or diseases—has become quite popular over the recent weeks. The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department wants you to know that if you have a health condition you may be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Asthma, obesity, diabetes, heart attack, pregnancy, disability, and high blood pressure are among the many health conditions that make a person eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Forty-eight percent of adults in St. Lawrence County have lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or obesity—conditions most strongly associated with poor outcomes of COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of the adults in St. Lawrence County, about 38% (32,824) are considered to be obese, and 11% ( 9,616) have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. It is important for this eligibility group, a significant portion of our county’s population, to receive the vaccine.
You do not need a doctor’s note confirming your underlying health condition, nor do you need to bring medication to your vaccine appointment. All you have to do is submit the online attestation, the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form, confirming that you have a comorbidity.
Below you will find the 13 categories of eligible underlying health conditions.
Examples of each category are provided, but the list is not exhaustive:
Cancer: any type, current or in remission
Chronic kidney disease
Pulmonary Disease (lung problem): COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, obstructive sleep apnea, recurrent pneumonia, chronic bronchitis
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
Heart conditions: including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease (heart attack, angina, blocked arteries), 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
Obesity body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 39 or Severe Obesity BMI 40 or greater
Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
Cerebrovascular disease (brain diseases); stroke, blood clots, aneurysm
Neurologic conditions: including but not limited to Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, ALS
It’s important that you do not wait to become vaccinated if you are eligible— all available vaccines are safe and effective in helping to prevent you from getting sick, missing work, or ending up in the hospital. The more adults who get vaccinated, the faster we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and the more quickly we can increase activities that you can do safely.
For questions on whether you quality due to a health condition, please speak with your health care provider.
For assistance with registration or questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department at 315-386-2325, option #2 or by email at SLCCOVID19SharedMailbox@stlawco.org.