I was reading the list of comorbidities that are eligible for the vaccine starting Feb 15 (of any age). Corticosteroids.. if I get topical corticosteroids do you think that counts? Huge if true. (Their criteria and not a loophole. Don’t attack me)

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Usually long term use of oral corticosteroids at certain dosages would be considered immunosuppressive. Other routes of administration (i.e., nasal, topical, suppository) usually aren't. I'd check with your doctor to confirm if I were you. Also, I think right now data on efficacy of Covid vaccines among immunocompromised people are still lacking, especially for the populations specified (HIV, cancer, etc.). Are you sure the protocol says if you are in this group, you can go ahead with the vaccine and not vice versa (e.g., take more precaution)? If you are taking long-term corticosteroids that are indeed immunosuppressive, and decide to go ahead with the covid vaccine, I'd strongly recommend you to ask your doctor first if there's any potential contraindication. A lot of time, when your immune system is weakened due to long-term steroids, your doctor may ask you to stop the steroids for a period of time before you vaccinate with any live vaccines. The current vaccines aren't live but since there is no precedent, you may still want to be extra careful here

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Probably depends, but my dad (had leukemia, currently has gvhd, long term steroid use) was told to get it by his oncologist once he's eligible on the 15th (assuming there are any available..). Agreed that anyone with immunodeficiencies should definitely talk to their doctors first, there's really no data for them they can go off of in terms of knowing how they may react

OP, my friend has been frantically searching for weeks for an appointment for her 84-year-old frail mom. Think about whether your condition should put you ahead of her, regardless of the technicalities.

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My wife has helped qualified candidates make dozens of apts and she says look for openings between midnight to 2am.

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You know the whole point is to get at risk people to get the vaccine first... if you trying to hop the line over eczema...

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They don’t yet know if the vaccine keeps you from transmitting the virus. The only thing proven is that it dramatically reduces your risk of becoming seriously ill. So the smartest thing to do right now is to give it to the people most at risk of being hospitalized or dying.

Honestly, I’m gonna go with yes. I haven’t yet read how people will prove they qualify (perhaps a doctors note?) and originally, I was irritated (as a healthy, young person) that people who aren’t really at risk would qualify over say, my 65+ mom, and more easily be able to book an appt (bc young people are more tech savvy), BUT this is what the state decided; so I think you qualify. My brother emailed our family saying he was going to book an appt bc he qualifies as obese simply based on the BMI >30 criteria. That annoyed me too, bc my brother is technically obese (has gained some weight the last few years), but based on his distribution of fat and muscle, he does not look obese and is not actually more at risk than someone with a BMI of say, 29. The new criteria for vaccination is troublesome, to say the least. But, I guess if the point is to get as many shots in arms as possible, this loose criteria is what it will take. Hopeful we can get more supply so the rest of us can be vaccinated soon enough. For example, I would have qualified a month ago (was pregnant) and am worried my newborn that has no immunity will never get the vaccine (kids won’t get vaccine for a while, if ever) and I can never actually have his grandparents hold him or be around him indoors for the foreseeable future.

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Yeah, no. That’s not reliable at all- tests can show up negative for days when some one has been infected. You’re missing multiple important pieces of information here. Baby has no immunity for at least two months and my husband’s parents both work full time and are exposed to tons of people all day. Thanks, but I’d rather listen to my pediatrician’s advice and not have my newborn end up in the ER.

This seems like a big bucket. People with eczema get corticosteroids. People can also get prescribed oral corticosteroids

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I don't think they mean topicals, unless that also lowers your immune system the way that systemic steroids do? They're speaking only to those with immune issues in that section

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It’s not if you use corticosteroids, it’s if you have a weakened immune system from their use. The weakened immune system is the key.

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OP your doctor would/should have talked to you about it at some point if you had a weakened immune system, which I assume means you don't have one. People with normal immune systems also have eczema

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30% BMI is pretty much everyone after 11 months of pandemic lockdown...

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They mean systemic corticosteroids not topicals

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Oral corticosteroids are only immunosuppressive if taken for a long time and over a certain dosage. But OP, are you deliberately trying to skip the line here to get the vaccine?

It sounds like you may be able to take advantage of a loophole but that’s really bad karma! let those who need it more badly go ahead of you

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BA, we have not finished vaccinating the old, and we all agree they should go first. Silly math problems don’t change that. Maybe all the mathematicians should apply their talents to matching old people with vaccine appointments, as the turbovax guy on Twitter has done.

Probably referring to the corticosteroids you give to those suffering from lupus chrons UC

No. They mean prednisone.

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