When are you eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

By Edo Paz, MD
Medically reviewed
March 31, 2021

With three vaccines approved by the FDA via Emergency Use Authorization, vaccine supplies increasing, and a new goal from the president, states are expanding eligibility requirements and making the COVID-19 vaccine available to more people.

President Joe Biden directed states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination by May 1st. On March 29th, President Biden said he expected an increase in vaccination sites and 90% of adults in the U.S. to be eligible for the vaccine by April 19th. Currently, the pace of U.S. vaccinations has been averaging about 2.5 million doses per day with hopes of that increasing.

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Current Covid-19 Vaccination Eligibility by State:

Alabama

As of March 22, people aged 55+ are eligible. People aged 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions are also eligible. Source


Alaska

As of March 24, all residents aged 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Arizona

As of March 9, all residents aged 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Arkansas

As of March 30, all residents aged 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


California

On April 1, people 50+ will be eligible for the vaccine. On April 15, eligibility extends to 16+. Source


Colorado

People aged 50+ and those aged 16+ with high-risk health conditions are eligible. Starting April 2, people 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Connecticut

People aged 45+ and essential workers, educators, child care providers, long-term care facility residents and staff are eligible. Starting April 1, people 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Delaware

People aged 50+ and those aged 16-64 with high-risk health conditions are currently eligible for the vaccine. On April 6, all residents 16+ will be eligible. Source


District of Columbia

People aged 65+, essential workers, and those aged 18+ with a high-risk medical condition are currently eligible. Source


Florida

People aged 40+ are currently eligible. On April 5, all residents 18+ will be eligible. Source


Georgia

As of March 25, all residents aged 16+ are eligible. Source


Hawaii

People aged 60+, those aged 16 and 64 with high-risk health conditions are eligible, and essential workers. Source


Idaho

People aged 45+, those aged 16- 44 with at least one medical condition, and essential workers are eligible. Starting April 5, all residents 16+ will be eligible. Source


Illinois

People aged 65+, essential workers, restaurant workers, construction workers, religious leaders, and 16+ adults with high-risk health conditions are currently eligible. On April 12, all residents aged 16+ are eligible. Source


Indiana

On March 31, all residents aged 16+ will be eligible. Source


Iowa

People aged 65+ and those 16+ with high-risk health conditions are currently eligible. On April 5, all residents aged 16+ will be eligible. Source


Kansas

As of Match 29, all residents aged 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Kentucky

As of March 29, people aged 40+ are eligible for the vaccine. On April 12, all residents aged 16+ will be eligible. Source


Louisiana

As of March 29, all residents 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Maine

People aged 50+ are eligible for the vaccine. On April 16, all residents 16+ will be eligible. Source


Maryland

People aged 60+ and those 16+ with a disability or high-risk health condition are eligible for the vaccine. On April 27, all residents 16+ will be eligible. Source


Massachusetts

People aged 60+, those living or working in low income or affordable housing, and essential workers are currently eligible. On April 5, residents aged 55+ and those with one medical condition will be eligible. On April 19, all residents 16+ will be eligible. Source


Michigan

People aged 50+, those 16+ with a disability or high-risk medical conditions, and essential workers are currently eligible. On April 5, all residents 16+ will be eligible. Source


Minnesota

As of March 30, all residents 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Mississippi

As of March 16, all residents 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Missouri

High-risk individuals, essential workers, long-term care facility residents, workers in education, construction, and agriculture, homeless individuals, and disproportionately affected groups are currently eligible. On April 9, all residents 16+ will be eligible for the vaccine. Source


Montana

People aged 60+ and those 16+ with high-risk health conditions are currently eligible. Starting April 1, all residents 16+ will be eligible for the vaccine. Source


Nebraska

People aged 65+, essential workers, and those in congregate living are currently eligible. The state anticipates May 1 for all residents 16+ to be eligible for the vaccine. Source


Nevada

People aged 65+, those 16+ with high-risk health conditions, essential workers, long-term care facility staff and residents, educators, school staff, and other front-line workers are currently eligible. On April 5, all residents 16+ will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Source


New Hampshire

On March 31, people aged 30+ will be eligible for the vaccine. On April 2, all residents 16+ will be eligible. Source


New Jersey

People aged 65+, those 16+ with high-risk health conditions, and certain essential workers are currently eligible. On April 5, residents aged 55+, those with 16+ with certain disabilities, and additional essential workers will be eligible. Source


New Mexico

People aged 60+, those aged 16+ with high-risk health conditions and essential workers are currently eligible for the vaccine. Source


New York

As of March 30, people aged 30+ are eligible for the vaccine. On April 6, all residents 16+ will be eligible. Source


North Carolina

Starting March 31, people aged 16-64 with high-risk health conditions, people living in close group settings, and essential workers are eligible. On April 7, all residents 16+ will be eligible for the vaccine. Source


North Dakota

On March 29, all residents 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Ohio

On March 29, all residents 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Oklahoma

On March 29, all residents 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Oregon

People aged 65+, those aged 45 to 64 with a high-risk health condition, school staff, those experiencing homelessness, health care personnel, long-term care facility residents, and seasonal farmworkers are currently eligible for the vaccine. The state plans to reach the goal of all residents aged 16+ to become eligible for the vaccine by May 1. Source


Pennsylvania

People aged 65+, those aged 16 to 64 with high-risk health conditions, and certain essential workers are currently eligible for the vaccine. The state is confident they will make all residents 16+ eligible for the vaccine by May 1. Source


Rhode Island

People aged 60+, school staff, healthcare and other essential workers, those aged 16 to 64 with high-risk health conditions, and people in hard-hit communities are currently eligible. All residents 16+ can expect to be eligible the week of April 19. Source


South Carolina

On March 31, all residents 16+ will be eligible for the vaccine. Source


South Dakota

People aged 65+, those with high-risk health conditions, teachers, school staff, essential workers, and critical infrastructure workers are currently eligible. By May, the state hopes to open eligibility to all residents 16+. Source


Tennessee

People aged 55+, those with high-risk health conditions, and essential workers are currently eligible. On April 5, all residents 16+ will be eligible for the vaccine. Source


Texas

On March 29, all residents 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Utah

On March 24, all residents 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Source


Vermont

People aged 50+ and those aged 16 to 49 with high-risk health conditions are currently eligible. On April 19, all residents 16+ will be eligible for the vaccine. Source


Virginia

People aged 65+, essential workers, individuals living in correctional facilities or homeless shelters, and those aged 16 to 64 with high-risk health conditions are currently eligible for the vaccine. The state plans to meet the president’s May 1 eligibility goal. Source


Washington

People aged 65+ ,those 16+ with high-risk health conditions, school staff, individuals who live and work in long-term care facilities, those 50+ who live in a multigenerational household, and essential workers are currently eligible. Source


West Virginia

On March 22, all residents 16+ are eligible for the vaccine. Residents 65+ still continue to be prioritized. Source


Wisconsin

People 65+, school staff, child-care workers, healthcare personnel, those with high-risk health conditions, congregate living facility staff and residents, and essential workers are currently eligible. On April 5, all residents 16+ will be eligible for the vaccine. Source


Wyoming

People 50+, healthcare workers, long-term care facilities staff and residents, those with high-risk health conditions, people in group settings, those experiencing homelessness, and essential workers are currently eligible. Source

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K Health articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Edo Paz, MD

Edo Paz is the VP of Medical at K Health. Dr. Paz has two degrees in chemistry from Harvard and earned his medical degree from Columbia University. He did his medical training in internal medicine and cardiology at New York-Presbyterian. In addition to his work at K Health, Dr. Paz is a cardiologist at White Plains Hospital, part of the Montefiore Health System.