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Indiana expands COVID-19 vaccines to Hoosiers 70 and older

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Department of Health says residents 70 and older can now register to receive coronavirus vaccinations as Indiana continues to expand access to the shots.

The vaccines became available to Indiana residents 80 and older last Friday following the initial rollout of doses for Indiana health care workers and nursing home residents and staffers in December.

“Our goal is to reduce deaths and hospitalizations. And that makes this the right approach,” said the state’s health commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box. “Our system is working and we are going to stick with it.”

She continued that, once the the state opens the vaccine to people over the age of 60, the state will have targeted 22.5% of all Hoosiers for the vaccine. That population accounts for 64.1% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 93.3% of the deaths.

“We are continuing our mission of protecting most vulnerable Hoosiers, and we will continue to expand quickly as we receive additional vaccine,” Box said.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Wednesday that appointments for those 70 and older can be made at the website or by calling the state’s 2-1-1 telephone assistance service. State officials will release more information about the vaccine expansions during a Wednesday afternoon news briefing.

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