Hoosiers aged 60-64 are now eligible to get COVID-19 vaccinations, the Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday morning.
The expansion means an additional 432,000 people are eligible for vaccines. The eligibility pool previously consisted of Hoosiers aged 65 and older, front-line health care workers and first responders.
Individuals aged 60 and older make up about 22 percent of the state’s population but have accounted for 64 percent of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and 93.3 percent of the deaths.
Additional age groups will be added as more vaccine becomes available, the state said.
Indiana began administering the vaccines in mid-December. As of Monday, 893,246 Hoosiers had received a first dose of vaccine and 440,028 had been fully vaccinated, the state said.
To schedule a vaccine, Hoosiers can visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of more than 370 clinics around the state.
People who do not have a computer or cell phone or those who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 211 or contact one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging, or AARP. Nearly 70 libraries around the state also are helping Hoosiers schedule appointments.
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.
7 thoughts on “Hoosiers 60-64 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines”
It has been reported elsewhere that after the 60-64 age group has been vaccinated, those age 50-59 and then those 49 and younger with underlying conditions will be next to be vaccinated. I believe Indiana has its priorities wrong. I believe teachers and hospitality workers are more vulnerable to the virus regardless of their age due to their exposure to the mass public, and thus deserve to be the next groups that should be a priority for vaccinations. Once they get their shots, then Indiana should proceed with the under-60 population.
Age is a much bigger risk factor than just exposure, though. Just look at the age distribution of deaths on the ISDH dashboard. Maybe we should give special priority to high-risk teachers and frontline workers, but not the young and healthy ones.
Agree! Are we serious about openning all schools…then let’s get the 52K teachers vaccinated ASAP. That whole conversation could be over in a few weeks.
I’m in my early 70’s and couldn’t get an appt near my home. Now I’m booked out 4 weeks….until the end of March. .
You may need to expand your area. Also, with Pharmacy’s providing shots soon, its should be easier. Call 211. They can find something for you. You should have had your shots already.
I’m in the 60-64 year old group. I’ll defer my shot until the teachers, priests, ministers, nuns, other religious, and all health care workers, law enforcement, fire department crews, ambulance crews, grocery and other retail store workers, food service and restaurant workers, all have their opportunity to have their shots. I can stay home working in my home office, and limit my forays into the world at large. But these folks have to be at work, in contact with others. So, they should get to go first. Give one of them my shots. I’ll wait…