Don’t make me step on a scale to get the COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine train is moving, in fits and starts. My social media feed is filling up with photos of Band-Aided biceps. I’m impatient to join the vaccinated brigade — and here in my home state of California, I could be eligible as soon as March 15. But there’s a catch: In order to know for sure, I’d have to weigh myself.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC has listed “obesity” as one of the primary risk factors for severe illness. Their definition is based entirely on Body Mass Index (BMI), which measures a person’s body mass against their body height.


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