State opens COVID-19 vaccinations to Hoosiers 55 and up

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health announced Tuesday that Hoosiers age 55 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is available at no cost, and appointments can be made by visiting the state’s website here.

The vaccination website may experience issues due to high traffic. Last week, the state opened vaccinations to Hoosiers 60 and up.

Vaccine appointments for this newly eligible population will be available over the next four to six weeks to align with the state receiving its expected weekly vaccine allocation. Hoosiers who cannot find an appointment at the nearest location are encouraged to look at other sites in neighboring counties. Appointments are being added regularly as vaccine supplies permit.

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 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines currently require two doses. The appointment for the second dose will be made when the first dose is administered.

The FDA approved Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine over the weekend. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Indiana will get 53,900 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine by the end of the week.

The state announced it has partnered with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, University of Notre Dame and Ivy Tech Community College to host three mass vaccination clinics to help eligible Hoosiers receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. Those clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson shot.

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.

From the ISDH’s website:

Who is eligible to receive vaccine?

  • Are you age 55 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?
  • Initial groups of patients identified by their healthcare provider as highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19. These individuals will receive a unique registration link or may call 211:
    • Active dialysis patients
    • Sickle cell disease patients
    • Down syndrome
    • Post-solid organ transplant
    • People who are actively in treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) for cancer now or in the last three months, or with active primary lung cancer or active hematologic cancers (lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma)

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