February 23, 2021

Indiana Opens Vaccine Registration To Hoosiers 60 And Older

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Hoosiers 60 and older can now register for appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Indiana Department of Health announced the expansion Tuesday. - Justin Hicks/IPB News

Hoosiers 60 and older can now register for appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Indiana Department of Health announced the expansion Tuesday.

Justin Hicks/IPB News

Hoosiers 60 and older can now register for appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Indiana Department of Health announced the expansion Tuesday.

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.

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.

Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered. The state health department encouraged Hoosiers who may struggle finding an appointment to look at sites in other counties.

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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.

In its announcement of the expansion, IDOH said vaccine appointments for this age group will be available over the next four to six weeks, based on the state's vaccine allotment. 

About 432,000 Hoosiers are 60-64. 

Hoosiers age 60 and older account for 22.5 percent of the population, but 64.1 percent of hospitalizations and 93.3 percent of COVID-19 deaths.

The state opened registration to Hoosiers 65 and older at the beginning of February. Once vaccine supplies permit, the state will extend eligibility to some Hoosiers with underlying health conditions and, likely, Hoosiers 55 and older. 

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