Indiana seniors flock to sign up for coronavirus vaccines

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Nearly 90,000 seniors in Indiana have signed up for a coronavirus vaccine. The state Department of Health yesterday said 86,000 older folks have signed up for a free vaccine.

The state says people over 80 make up just four-percent of Indiana’s population, but make-up nearly 20% of coronavirus hospitalizations and half of the state’s coronavirus deaths.

The Indiana State Department of Health released the following:

“Nearly 86,000 Hoosiers age 80 or older have scheduled appointments to receive free COVID-19 vaccines as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

Hoosiers can continue to register here, by calling 211 or by contacting one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging for help. A caregiver or loved one also may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

Individuals age 80 and older account for less than 4 percent of the state’s population but represent more than 19 percent of the hospitalizations and more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in the state, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

At least one vaccine clinic will be located in each Indiana county. Vaccines are free, but insurance may be charged an administrative fee.

Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered.

Additional groups, such as those based on underlying health conditions, will be added as more vaccine becomes available. Updates will be posted here.”