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ISDH: Hoosiers 60+ now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

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INDIANA (Fort Wayne's NBC) — Indiana residents ages 60 and older are now eligible to make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Indiana Department of Health made the announcement Tuesday morning.

If you fall under that age group, you can make an appointment to get the vaccine online here, or can call 211 or one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging for assistance.

Health officials say a caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

This expansion of eligibility makes the vaccine available to an additional 432,000 Hoosiers.

Due to limited vaccine supplies nationally, Indiana has prioritized healthcare workers, first responders and those who are most vulnerable in its vaccine rollout.

Individuals age 60 and older account for more than 22 percent of the state’s population but 64 percent of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and 93.3 percent of the deaths.

Vaccination clinics that are part of the federal vaccine program, including those at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Kroger, appear on the clinic map at https://ourshot.in.gov but are scheduled through those retailers’ platforms, not through the state centralized system.

To date, more than 60 percent of eligible Hoosiers have scheduled an appointment to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As of Monday, 893,246 Hoosiers have received a first dose of vaccine, and 440,028 are fully vaccinated.

Additional groups will be added as more vaccine becomes available. Updates will be posted at https://ourshot.in.gov.

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Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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