Vaccines available for those with overweight, obese BMI

Alejandro DeLaFuente, Correspondent

New population groups are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine distribution taking place at Paulson Stadium this Wednesday. 

Currently, individuals 55 and older and individuals with certain medical conditions are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine underneath GDPH guidelines

This includes individuals with medical conditions such as: asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart conditions and being overweight or obese. 

Obesity and being overweight is defined using the Body Mass Index scale, and BMI is calculated based on height and weight. (BMI calculator).

 Based on the scale, a BMI greater than 25 is considered to be overweight, and a BMI greater than 30 is considered to be obese. 

Vaccines will be available to Georgia Southern faculty, staff and students at Paulson Stadium Wednesday by appointment.


BMI Scale:

BMI Status
<18.5 underweight
18.5-24.9 normal weight
25-29.9 overweight
>30 obese


BMI chart:

BMI table
Credit: Harvard Health Publishing