Indiana makes those 70 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations

The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday said residents age 70 and older can now schedule COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccinations had been limited to those 80 and older since Friday as part of the vaccination rollout to the general public.

The vaccination effort originally started in mid-December, beginning with health care workers and then residents of long-term-care facilities.

Hoosiers can register at Vaccinations are free and family members can register for a senior. Hoosiers can also register by calling 2-1-1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Other age groups will follow in descending order over the next few weeks, as Indiana continues to make the vaccine available to the general public.

As of Tuesday, 204,326 people in Indiana had received the first of two vaccine doses, while another 31,432 had been fully vaccinated.

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9 thoughts on “Indiana makes those 70 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations

  1. Got on to register and it said the wait time to access the appointment app was 26 minutes. It went steadily down to 15 minutes, but then jumped to 27 minutes. It then went down to 19 minutes, but then jumped back up to 34 minutes. My brother said when he got on, it said the wait time was 35 minutes and now it says it is 109 minutes. Clearly their app is not working.

  2. What about prioritizing people based not just by age, but by pre-existing medical conditions, like diabetes, etc.? Right now, it seems to be strictly aged-based, which is not in sync with the science of who is most at risk. Should be a combination of the two.

    IBJ editor – can you follow up?

  3. Happily registered my father today for his first vaccine February 1. I couldn’t get my mother registered yet because she is home bound and the 211 number crashed due to volume of calls. I hope to get her scheduled later today.

  4. My brother finally got through. The appointment app took him to today, 1/13, but said there were no appointments available. He was taken to the next available appointment which was for 1/24. He tried to make an appointment for that date, but it wouldn’t let him do that as it said there were still available appointments for 1/13. He went back to 1/13, but he couldn’t make an appointment for that date as it said there were no available appointments. Long story short. He kept going to a future date to make an appointment, but it kept sending him back to 1/13 which said there were no appointments available. He tried to call the help line, but it said that there was an hour’s wait. So he’s logged back in and will wait again.

    1. Try changing the vaccine location. That is what we did and finally got appointments for my wife and myself.

  5. Had no problem registering online for my mother. She had the first shot today at St V’s on 86th and was in and out in no time. Very well organized. Seemed to me they have more capacity to immunize more people than were present.

  6. I have to agree. My father got on the system at 9:15am the day it opened for people over the age of 80. He received his immunization today with basically no wait time. I am hopeful that by getting the higher risk population immunized quickly, that we can soon return to some form of normalcy with our day to day lives.

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