Expansion

Ind. opens up the COVID-19 vaccine to those age 60 to 64

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana residents age 60 to 64 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, state health officials announced Tuesday in the latest expansion of the state’s vaccine rollout.

The Indiana Department of Health said the expansion makes the free shots available to another 432,000 Hoosiers. Indiana’s vaccine eligibility pool had previously included Hoosiers age 65 and older, health care workers, long-term care residents and first responders.

Additional groups will be added as more vaccine becomes available, officials said.

The health department said people age 60 and older represent more than 22 percent of Indiana’s population but account for 64 percent of the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and 93.3 percent of its COVID-19 deaths.

Vaccine appointments for the age 60 to 64 group will be available over the next four to six weeks to align with the state receiving its expected weekly vaccine allocation, the state health department 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.

Hoosiers 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 their appointments.

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