INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI)-Hoosiers 50 years and older can now register for the COVID-19 vaccine. This comes just one day after the Indiana State Department of Health opened eligibility to Hoosiers 55 years of age and older. Hoosiers age 50 and older account for 97.6 percent of all the COVID-19 deaths in the state of Indiana. Now they will be able to get the vaccine and a big reason for that is because the state is receiving more vaccines than before. Indiana is receiving 145,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 128,000 doses of Moderna a week. That includes both first and second doses. This week the state also received just under 54,000 doses of the Johnson and Johson vaccine. These increases have prompted the state to hold mass vaccination sites.
The first one will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which is located at 4790 W. 16th Street in Indianapolis. The mass vaccination will be held from March 5th-7th starting at 8 AM and ending at 10:00 PM. The second one will be at Ivy Tech Community College located at 8204 County Road 311 in Sellersburg Indiana. It will take place from March 12-13th starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. The third will be held at the University of Notre Dame located at the Compton Family Ice Arena. It will take place from March 26-27 at 8:00 a.m. ending at 8 p.m. 21,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be made available at the first mass vaccination site.
Dr. Lindsay Weaver says Hoosiers should take whatever vaccine is first made available to them.
"Our recommendation to Hoosiers is to get whatever vaccine is available as soon as you are eligible to get I," said Dr. Lindsay Weaver the Chief Medical Officer for the Indiana State Department of Health. "We are in a race between the vaccine and the variants and we want the vaccine to win.
Dr. Weaver says close to 4,300 people a day will be vaccinated at the mass vaccination sites. According to the Indiana state department of Health as of Wednesday afternoon around 8,000 people have registered so far to get their vaccine at Motor Speedway.
Governor Eric Holcomb is now eligible to get the vaccine as he is 52 years old. He says that he will be getting his vaccine Friday, March 5th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As for who will get the vaccine next, the state says people ages 40 years of age is who will be eligible. To register for your vaccine click here.