INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Indiana State Department of Health announced Monday that Hoosiers age 65 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
By 5 p.m. Monday, nearly 96,000 Hoosiers ages 65 to 69 had scheduled appointments to receive their first dose of vaccine, according to ISDH. In total, the department says more than 1.3 million first and second-dose appointments have been scheduled since Indiana began offering vaccine in late December.
The vaccine is available at no cost, and appointments can be made by visiting the state’s website here.
Hoosiers who do not have access to a computer or cell phone or who need assistance with registration also can call 211 or contact one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging for assistance. A caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.
The vaccine requires two doses. The appointment for the second dose will be made when the first dose is administered.
ISDH reminds Hoosiers that the vaccine supply is limited nationally, and Indiana is using its age-based rollout to help fulfill its goals of reducing hospitalizations, saving lives and protecting vulnerable populations.
Hoosiers age 60 and older comprise 22.5 percent of the population but account for 64.1 percent of hospitalizations and 93.3 percent of COVID-19 deaths, according to ISDH.
The vaccination website may experience issues due to high traffic.
From the ISDH:
Who is eligible to receive vaccine?
- Are you age 65 or older?
- Do you work or volunteer in healthcare and have (physical or close) contact or face to face interactions with patients? Examples include:
- Inpatient, outpatient, provider office setting, nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, in-home services
- This includes all clinical and non-clinical positions: clinicians, dietary, environmental services, administrators who have direct contact with patients, clergy who see patients in the healthcare setting, non-clinicians who assist in procedures, transportation staff, etc.
- This also includes local health department staff who interact with patients at test sites, health clinics or provide direct patient care
- Do you have exposure to COVID-19 infectious material? (Examples include cleaning of rooms or material from COVID-19 patients, performing COVID-19 testing, other exposure to infected tissue, performing autopsies or other post-mortem examinations of COVID-19 patients)
- Are you a first responder (firefighter, police officer and sheriff’s deputy, emergency medical services, reservist and correctional officer) who is regularly called to the scene of an emergency to give medical aid?