D.C. residents between the ages of 16-64 with qualifying medical conditions are now eligible to get coronavirus vaccinations.

The city health department said beginning Thursday, vaccinations can be scheduled by those with one of these qualifying conditions:

– asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and other chronic lung diseases
– bone marrow and organ transplantation
– cancer
– cerebrovascular disease
– chronic kidney disease
– congenital heart disease
– diabetes mellitus
– heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
– hypertension
– immunocompromised state
– inherited metabolic disorders
– intellectual and developmental disabilities
– liver disease
– neurologic conditions
– obesity
– a body mass index higher than 30 kg/m2
– pregnancy
– severe genetic disorders
– sickle cell disease
– thalassemia

If residents are unsure whether they have one of the qualifying conditions, a health care provider should be consulted.

About 4,350 appointments will be available starting at 9 a.m. Thursday for residents who live in a priority ZIP code — areas where the coronavirus is disproportionately affecting the community both in the number of cases and the mortality rate — and are eligible for inoculations.

Qualified residents can get an appointment as soon as March 1 through the city’s vaccination website or by calling the coronavirus call center at 855-363-0333. Appointments made through the portal and over the phone are restricted to residents 18 and older. Youths ages 16 and 17 with qualifying medical conditions can schedule an appointment through Children’s National Hospital.

Child care workers, teachers and school staffers who work in person in the city can also begin getting vaccinations.

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