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Erie County: Hospitals will be given vaccines to give to patients with comorbidities – Buffalo News

“I’ve heard that they are interested in prioritizing, and I think that makes some sense,” said Dr. Thomas Russo, chief of infectious diseases at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Not all comorbidities pose an equal risk for severity of disease with the new coronavirus.”

Russo declined to share his opinion as to which disease sufferers should move to the head of the line.

“We’re all in this together, right? There’s no right or wrong answer,” Russo said. “I would just make the general point that the risk for all cancer is not equal, the risk for all heart disease is not equal and the risk for obesity, since there’s a spectrum, is not equal.”

As far as proof of illness, New York state said a patient should have a doctor’s letter, “medical information evidencing comorbidity,” or a signed certification.

Niagara County will ask the patient to sign a form attesting to illness, said Daniel J. Stapleton, Niagara County public health director.

“Most counties are talking that same direction,” Stapleton said.

“There was talk about having people bring the bottle of their prescription,” Stapleton said. “We don’t have time, we don’t have capacity, we don’t have a pharmacist to do all that, so we’re doing a self-attestation form.”

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