Yes. We will defer people with serious heart or blood vessel-related conditions. From the standpoint of military readiness, people with major heart conditions are unlikely to be in military service. Some examples include a history of angina, an earlier heart attack, artery disease, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, stroke, "mini stroke", or chest pain or shortness of breath with activity (such as walking up stairs). If you have concerns about your health history, speak with your health care provider before vaccination.
Similar to the CDC, and based on input from the American College of Cardiology, we will also defer people with three or more cardiac risk factors. The risk factors include:
(1) current smoker or tobacco user,
(2) high blood pressure,
(3) high cholesterol or triglycerides,
(4) high blood sugar,
(5) a heart condition before age 50 in a parent, brother, or sister.
Vaccination of other people should continue as planned.
If you smoke, we encourage you to stop.