People under 65 with Type 2 diabetes, severe obesity or other conditions can get Covid shots starting March 15

Frozen vials of the Covid-19 vaccine are defrosted for use in San Francisco. AP photo.

People under 65 with severe health conditions including Type 2 diabetes or severe obesity can get a Covid vaccination starting March 15, the state Department of Health announced today (Feb. 12).

The severe health conditions on the state’s list are:

• severe obesity;
• Type 2 diabetes with hemoglobin A1c greater than 7.5%;
• cancer;
• chronic kidney disease of stage 4 or above;
• down syndrome;
• weakened immune system from a solid organ transplant;
• pregnancy;
• sickle cell disease;
• heart conditions.

The change will expand the list of people eligible for coronavirus vaccine by another 4 to 6 million people.

California has been plagued by vaccine shortages and State Health Director Dr. Mark Ghaly acknowledged he’s not sure how long it will take for the federal supply of shots to meet demand. — By the Associated Press