Hoosiers 50-54 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

Hoosiers aged 54-55 are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday. The decision comes one day after the state opened up vaccinations to the 55-59 age group.

The state said 35% of Hoosiers are 50 and older and have accounted for 80% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations and 97.6% of all COVID-19 deaths.

Holcomb said the availability of the new Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine, which federal officials approved Saturday for emergency use, helped make an expansion of age groups possible. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses.

The eligibility pool previously consisted of Hoosiers aged 55 and older, front-line health care workers and first responders.

Indiana began administering the vaccines in mid-December. The state said more than 608,000 Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m. More than 1 million had received the first dose of a vaccination.

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.

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