Hoosiers aged 40-44 will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, state health officials announced Saturday morning.
The expansion of eligibility makes the vaccine available to more than 400,000 additional Hoosiers.
The decision comes just a few days after the state opened up vaccinations to the 45-49 age group.
The eligibility pool previously consisted of Hoosiers aged 45 and older, front-line health care workers, first responders, educators and some Hoosiers who are at high-risk of severe infection.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots for full vaccination, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one shot.
Indiana began administering the vaccines in mid-December. As of Friday, more than 1.3 million Hoosiers had received their first shot, while 915,719 had been fully vaccinated, including 36,730 people who received the single-dose J&J vaccine.
The state said additional groups will be added as more vaccine becomes available.
To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of more than 400 clinics around the state.
Hoosiers 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 their appointments.
Vaccination clinics that are part of the federal vaccine program, including those at Meijer 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.