A 36-year-old female asked:

I have severe heart disease, malformations of my heart chromosomal abnormalities, cognitive impairments, marfan syndrome in my family, mental illness, can i be exempt from the vaccination? if so, how?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Exempt ? Why ? You mention no defect in your immune system or other reason a vaccination would be dangerous or ineffective. If you function well enough to make your own decisions you can get the vaccine or not. It remains a personal choice. Some private employers may choose to require it at which time it may be a legal issue, not one we can help you with.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok commented
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Right. People already with medical illnesses should go to the front of the line and get vaccinated because they are probably less likely to survive a serious infection than healthy people are.
May 11, 2021
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 38 years experience
From your description, you have chronic illness which is a risk factor for complications with COVID 19 infection. Please check with your local PCP and health department online, but vaccination is recommended.
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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 32 years experience
The vaccination is recommended for people with comorbid conditions; It is also recommended for people receiving immunosuppressive medications including organ transplant recipients. If your place of employment requires immunization, you will want to discuss with your primary care provider if you can be exempt. As presented, this may be difficult.
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