California on Monday opened the coronavirus vaccine to people with high-risk medical conditions, including those who are overweight. But San Diego County’s definition of overweight is much looser than the state’s, yielding a broader net for eligible San Diego residents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that overweight people are at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19 and that those groups should take priority when it comes to the coronavirus vaccine.
That’s why California opened vaccine eligibility to severely obese people on Monday – those with a BMI of 40 kg / m.two or higher. In San Diego, however, that threshold is much lower at 25 kg / mtwo.
San Diego County officials and Kaiser Permanente family physician Heidi Meyer say a doctor’s note is not needed to prove it.
“Now we just rely on the honesty and integrity of San Diegans to take a look at the list on the website that probably includes more than 50 percent of everyone,” Meyer said.
According to the CDC, a BMI of 25 or more is considered overweight, 30 or more is considered obese. A BMI greater than 40, morbid obesity. Some critics say that BMI is not reliable and is not a diagnosis of body fat or the health of the person.
When people read the county’s new guidelines regarding BMI, the comments on social media exploded.
Meyer said the numbers are subjective.
“Is it worse if you have a BMI over 40? Yes. So the CDC limit is 40, it’s a smaller percentage of us,” Meyer said. Meyer said. “I think counties are probably choosing their boundaries based on how confident they are that they can get shot at guns. Our county knows exactly how many San Diegans fall into the category on that list.”
She says those who are critical of the county’s decision to lower the threshold shouldn’t be. In addition, it sheds light on a major health crisis.
“I think it’s with the best of intentions and if that speeds up our vaccination rate and makes people wonder whether to lose weight or not, I totally agree,” Meter said.
Three out of four Americans consider themselves obese or overweight, Meyer said.
To calculate your BMI, you can go to the CDC website here.