March 1, 2021

1 Million Hoosiers Have Received At Least One Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

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1 Million Hoosiers Have Received At Least One Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

1 Million Hoosiers Have Received At Least One Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Indiana has provided the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines to 1,000,321 Hoosiers, in just more than two months – with nearly 569,000 Hoosiers fully vaccinated. The Indiana Department of Health announced the milestone Monday.

Indiana remains on par with its Midwest neighbors. Indiana’s population is about 6.7 million Hoosiers. Kentucky has about 4.5 million, Ohio has 11.7 million, and Michigan has just shy of 10 million people. 

As of March 1, nearly 15 percent of Hoosiers have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose compared to 15.9 percent in Kentucky, 14.4 percent in Ohio, and 14 percent in Michigan

According to IDOH, here's how vaccine progress breaks down: 69 percent of Hoosiers 80 and older have gotten at least their first dose, 70 percent of Hoosiers 70 to 79 have received theirs, and about half of Hoosiers 60 to 69 have gotten their initial dose. 

Hoosiers 60 and older are currently eligible for vaccine appointments. If you or a loved one falls into that age group, you can register at OurShot.in.gov. If you’re in need of assistance, you can call 211 or one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging.

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For those registering online, at the top of the page, there is a muted red banner that reads “Click here to find a vaccination site and register.”

That will redirect you to a map, which lists vaccination sites by county. Select the one closest to you (or your loved one). And then select “Click here to register.” Select what group best describes you, and then register for your vaccine.

Some pharmacies through Walmart, Kroger and Meijer also have COVID-19 vaccines available. Walmart pharmacies are using the state's registration at OurShot.in.gov. However, Kroger and Meijer have their own registration systems.

Hoosiers who are eligible for vaccine appointments may schedule them through the stores’ websites – clinic.meijer.com or kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated

On Meijer’s website, you’ll fill out a brief questionnaire and then provide your zip code to select a store pharmacy providing vaccines. 

On Kroger’s website, you’ll provide a zip code to see your nearest stores. If the COVID-19 vaccine is available at that store’s pharmacy, it should be at the top of the list. But there isn’t a way to filter out stores that don’t have COVID-19 vaccines.

Contact Lauren at lchapman@wfyi.org or follow her on Twitter at @laurenechapman_.

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