Hoosiers aged 45-49 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

Hoosiers aged 45-49 are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, state health officials announced Tuesday morning.

The expansion of eligibility makes the vaccine available to an additional 415,640 Hoosiers.

The decision comes about two weeks after the state opened up vaccinations to the 50 to 54 age group.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots for full vaccination, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one shot.

The eligibility pool previously consisted of Hoosiers aged 50 and older, front-line health care workers and first responders.

On Monday, Indiana also opened eligibility to teachers, counselors, bus drivers and other support staff for schools from pre-K to 12th grade. Educators also could get vaccines through the federal vaccination program at pharmacies.

Indiana began administering the vaccines in mid-December. As of Monday, more than 2.1 million Hoosiers had received their first shot, while 837,233 had been fully vaccinated.

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.

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