For Those With Underlying Conditions

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  • People with underlying medical conditions are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine since they are particularly vulnerable to severe illness or death from COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, reduces the risk of COVID significantly, and protects lives.
  • If you have an underlying medical condition, being vaccinated significantly reduces your risk of being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19.

Consult with your doctor if you have questions about the vaccine and your health. The most important things to do is make a plan so you can prepare to receive a vaccination when you are ready. 

American Hearth Association recommends that patients with heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke get the COVID 19 vaccine as soon as possible.  See more at

The American Diabetes Association endorses COVID-19 vaccine for people with Diabetes at the first possible opportunity. Additional information is on the CDC website.

Many medical groups recommend vaccination for people with cancer.  However, some patients undergoing forms of active treatment should consult with their treating physician regarding timing of the vaccine.  See more information at and National Cancer Institute at

American Lung Association encourages everyone, including patients with lung diseases like asthma and COPD, to be vaccinated as soon as they can.

Major societies recommend the COVID-19 vaccines for people with Kidney Disease at any stage and Kidney Transplant.

1c Eligible Underlying Medical Conditions

These conditions were identified by the CDC as causing extra risks for severe COVID-19 disease. If you have one of these conditions, vaccination is especially important for you!