Hoosiers 60-64 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

Hoosiers aged 60-64 are now eligible to get COVID-19 vaccinations, the Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday morning.

The expansion means an additional 432,000 people are eligible for vaccines. The eligibility pool previously consisted of Hoosiers aged 65 and older, front-line health care workers and first responders.

Individuals aged 60 and older make up about 22 percent of the state’s population but have accounted for 64 percent of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and 93.3 percent of the deaths.

Additional age groups will be added as more vaccine becomes available, the state said.

Indiana began administering the vaccines in mid-December. As of Monday, 893,246 Hoosiers had received a first dose of vaccine and 440,028 had been fully vaccinated, the state said.

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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