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People over 70 can register for COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana – IndyStar

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Here’s who can get a COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana

Indiana is now expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine by age groups, starting with those Hoosiers 80 or older who are at the most risk. Here’s how that works.

Dwight Adams, dwight.adams@indystar.com

Seniors 70 and older can now register to receive the coronavirus vaccine through the state’s website. 

Although the main page of the state’s vaccine dashboard, ourshot.in.gov, still said early Wednesday morning that registration is limited to those 80 and over, people who clicked on the appointment link found that those 70 and up were able to register.

After being contacted by IndyStar, the state sent out a statement just before 10 a.m. that registration officially was open for people at least 70. 

Nearly 150 vaccination sites exist around the state. All but one of the 92 county health departments offers a vaccination clinic.

Last Friday the state started allowing seniors over age 80 to register for vaccine appointments. As of earlier this week, nearly 86,000 people in that age group had scheduled appointments, state health officials said.

More info: How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana

In October, the state issued a draft plan that prioritized people for vaccination based on myriad factors.

Last Wednesday state officials said they had scrapped that plan and would now focus on vaccinating people by age as coronavirus risk increases as one grows older. Every state can draw up its own plan.

The state started vaccinating healthcare workers in mid-December, along with long term care facility residents and staff. In early January, first responders became eligible.

State officials said they would invite seniors over 80 to register first and then open it up to those 70 and older and those 60 and older in stages. At the time they did not have a specific timeline for expanding registration but said it would depend on how great interest was among those eligible.

As of Tuesday at noon, more than 204,000 people in Indiana had received their first dose of vaccine, according to the state’s vaccine dashboard, which is updated daily. More than 31,000 had received both doses of vaccine.

To schedule a vaccine visit the state website at ourshot.in.gov or call 211.

Contact IndyStar reporter Shari Rudavsky at shari.rudavsky@indystar.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter: @srudavsky.

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