Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

Topic: 
COVID-19 Vaccine
Question: 
Are people who have hypertension and take medication for it (but are under 65 and have no other risk factors) being vaccinated at this time?
Answer: 

Per the CDC these are the conditions that are likely to increase severity of COVID-19 illness and are therefore the conditions that qualify persons between the ages of 18-64 for vaccination:

  • Cancer, current with weakened immune system
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (but not hypertension)
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%