IN residents ages 80 and older can now register for COVID vaccine

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Marsha Franklin, MICU respiratory therapist at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, IN, receives one of the state's first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from ambulatory pharmacist Maryam Noureldin. (Photo provided)

Online COVID vaccine registration now available for Jan. 8 start date

Information provided by the Indiana Department of Public Health

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 6, 2021) – IN Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Health today announced that Hoosiers age 80 and older will be eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine beginning Friday, January 8.

Elderly at greater risk

Individuals age 80 and older account for less than 4% of the state’s population but represent more than 19% of the hospitalizations and more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in the state, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box said vaccination supplies are still limited. Indiana has received just over 350,000 doses of vaccine to date and is scheduled to receive about 78,000 vaccines per week at this time.

“By opening vaccine to those who are 80 or older, then adding people in their 70s and 60s when vaccine supplies allow us to expand, we can best protect the populations that account for 93 percent of our COVID-19 deaths,” Box said.

COVID vaccine registration online for Jan. 8 start

Hoosiers age 80 and older can register beginning at 9:00 a.m. Friday, January 8 by going to ourshot.in.gov, searching for a nearby vaccine clinic and selecting an appointment time. Appointments may also be made by calling 211. A caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

At least one vaccine clinic will be located in each Indiana county. Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered.

Additional groups, such as those based on underlying health conditions, will be added as vaccine becomes available. Updates will be posted at ourshot.in.gov.

More information regarding vaccine eligibility and registration is available here.

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