News Alert: San Bernardino County, CA: Disabled and high-risk patients will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on Monday.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: County of San Bernardino (Information):

San Bernardino County, California: The County of San Bernardino has recently announced that beginning next week, on Monday, March 15, 2021, another group of San Bernardino County residents will become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination: individuals aged 16 to 64 whose medical condition puts them at high risk of suffering perilous consequences from the disease.

“Our vaccination efforts have been highly focused on protecting those who are particularly vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “That includes elderly residents, who are the people most likely to be hospitalized and to suffer severe illness or even death. We are now turning our attention to another such high priority group: individuals with serious underlying health conditions.”

Picture: County of San Bernardino (Courtesy):

Healthcare providers will be authorized to approve the vaccination of individuals who, in a physician’s professional judgement, are at significant risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. Vaccinations will be offered to individuals with one or more of the following severe health conditions:

– Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state

– Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above

– Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent

– Down syndrome

– Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

– Pregnancy

– Sickle cell disease

– Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (excludes hypertension)

– Severe obesity (Body Mass Index of 40 or above)

– Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%

In addition, another group that will become eligible for the vaccines are those with a developmental or other high-risk disability, including:

– Individuals likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection

– Those for whom a COVID-19 infection will limit their ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival

– Those for whom receiving adequate (and timely) COVID-19 care will be particularly challenging due to a particular disability

If you believe you are eligible for vaccination under these new guidelines you should first inquire with your health care provider, who might be able to provide vaccinations. If you don’t have a provider, or your provider does not offer vaccination, you can make an appointment on the County’s vaccination website or by calling the County COVID hotline at 909-387-3911. If you make an appointment at a public vaccination clinic or pharmacy, please bring a form of verification of your high-risk medical condition or disability.

“The County is committed to providing a safety net to ensure access to everyone in this at-risk group,” Hagman said.

Appointments can be made on the County’s vaccination website: https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/

More information as well as resources regarding COVID-19 in San Bernardino County, California can be found at: http://sbcovid19.com/

Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest news and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic in San Bernardino County, California.

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