Boston Globe – The universe of Massachusetts residents eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine dramatically expanded on Monday as appointments opened to people 55 and older and those with one qualifying health condition, which now includes anyone who qualifies as overweight.

Massachusetts health officials on Friday added being overweight to the list of health conditions that allow someone to book an appointment, directing residents to a body mass index calculator from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine whether they qualify.

The state had previously said opening appointments to the new age group and those with one health condition would open up appointments to more than 1 million additional residents. It is not clear how many Massachusetts residents are now eligible under the overweight designation, though it had the potential to significantly increase the number of people who can now book slots. According to CDC data, about 74 percent of American adults age 20 and older are overweight or obese.

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