Vaccination eligibility expands March 22

People who are at least 16 years old and have medical conditions that put them at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19 will become eligible for vaccination on March 22. The general public — meaning those age 16 and older — will become eligible on May 1.

The medical conditions that qualify people for vaccination on March 22 includes:

  • moderate-to-severe asthma
  • cancer
  • cerebrovascular diseases, which affect blood vessels and blood supply to the brain
  • chronic kidney disease
  • COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • cystic fibrosis
  • Down syndrome
  • heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathies
  • hypertension, or high blood pressure
  • immunocompromised state — a weakened immune system — from solid organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV or use of corticosteroids or other immune weakening medicines
  • liver disease
  • neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • obesity and being overweight (body mass index of 25 kg/m2 or more)
  • pregnancy
  • pulmonary fibrosis, or having damaged or scarred lung tissues
  • sickle cell disease
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes
  • thalassemia, a blood disorder

People with these conditions will join groups who are already eligible for vaccination, including health care workers, K-12 teachers and those in higher education who are working face-to-face with students.

Everyone who is eligible can get a shot at the clinic in the UWM Student Union. Visit uwm.edu/vaccination to sign up.