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Indiana makes COVID-19 vaccine available to those 55 and up

Published: Mar. 2, 2021 at 9:22 AM EST
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Ind. (WNDU) - Hoosiers 55 and older are now eligible for a vaccine.

State health officials had been vaccinating Hoosiers in a systematic way, dropping the eligibility age by 10 year increments. But now it’s moving at 5 year increments because of population of that age group.

Dr. Mark Fox, St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer, says as of last Friday, two thirds of eligible county residents had received their first dose of the vaccine.

“I’m thrilled to see they are opening it up to 55 and older and the next jump will be age 50,” Dr. Fox said. “Those five year age brackets encompass a lot.”

The Indiana Department of Health is announcing three new mass vaccination clinics in the month of March, including one at the University of Notre Dame. Each will take place on different weekends this month.

If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, all clinics will require you to register in advance.

Go to ourshot.in.gov or call 211.

From the AP:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State health officials say Indiana residents age 55 to 60 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

It’s the latest expansion of the state’s vaccine rollout.

The Indiana Department of Health also announced Tuesday the opening of three mass vaccination sites through partnerships with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the University of Notre Dame and Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg.

The clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday.

To schedule a vaccine, Hoosiers can visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of nearly 400 clinics around the state.

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From the Indiana Department of Health:

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Health today announced that it has partnered with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, University of Notre Dame and Ivy Tech Community College to host three mass vaccination clinics to help eligible Hoosiers receive a free COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition, effective today, Hoosiers age 55 and older are now eligible to receive a free vaccine.

“Getting tens of thousands of vaccines in arms in a matter of days is a huge undertaking that requires incredible partnerships,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “We are incredibly grateful to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Notre Dame and Ivy Tech for their willingness to meet this challenge head-on to help save Hoosier lives.”

The mass vaccination clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which received its Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA on Saturday. The vaccine requires only one dose and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths in clinical trials involving nearly 44,000 participants from all races and ethnicities.

“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine gives eligible Hoosiers a safe, effective and convenient way to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “Because it requires just one dose, every shot administered represents a Hoosier who can rest easier, knowing their risk of severe illness from this disease has dropped exponentially.”

The Indiana Department of Health has also begun planning for a future mass vaccination clinic in Gary in collaboration with local health officials. Additional mass vaccination sites in other locations will be planned as more vaccine becomes available.

All clinics will require advance registration through https://ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211. Proof of age and residency will be required. The mass vaccination clinics are listed as sites that eligible Hoosiers can select when making an appointment. No walk-ups will be permitted.

Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging, AARP and nearly 70 libraries around the state also can help Hoosiers schedule their appointments.

The clinic schedules are as follows:

Indianapolis Motor Speedway4790 W. 16th St., IndianapolisMarch 5-78 a.m. to 10 p.m.Enter through main gate off 16th Street; participants will remain in their cars for their vaccines.

Ivy Tech Community College8204 County Road 311, Sellersburg March 12-138 a.m. to 8 p.m.Participants will remain in their cars for their vaccines.

University of Notre DameCompton Family Ice Arena100 Compton Family Ice Arena, Notre DameMarch 26-278 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Additional dates may be added to each of the above sites depending on demand and vaccine availability.

A separate advisory with instructions for media interested in covering the clinics will be issued closer to the events.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov.

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