Indiana residents 16 and older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

The expansion makes more than 1.3 million additional individuals eligible for the vaccine.

Posted: Mar 31, 2021 8:25 AM
Updated: Apr 1, 2021 2:45 PM

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers ages 16 and older are now eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, the Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday. The expansion makes more than 1.3 million additional individuals eligible for the vaccine.

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“With this expansion in age group, more than 5.4 million Hoosiers are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “I encourage everyone who is eligible to sign up for an appointment so that we can take the next step toward putting this pandemic behind us.”

The ISDH said that with Wednesday's expansion, the state has now made COVID-19 vaccines available to every Indiana resident for whom the vaccine is currently authorized. 

ISDH urged people to have patience as people scheduling appointments may experience waits during periods of high volume. Vaccine appointments will extend over the next several weeks to align with expected vaccine deliveries to the state. If you are searching for an earlier appointment, ISDH encourages residents to look at openings in surrounding counties.

To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of more than 530 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. 

Dr. James Bien with IU Health Arnett says Pfizer is the only option for Hoosiers 16 and up. That's because the Pharmaceutical company tested the vaccine on kids that age.

Pfizer said its vaccine is safe and 100 percent effective for kids ages 12 to 15. The company plans to submit its latest data to the food and drug administration in the coming weeks.

"What we know is that younger individuals as we learned early in this pandemic are less likely to get seriously ill and therefore more likely to be silent carriers in the community and to infect the most vulnerable," said Bien.

Dr. Bien said there aren't any serious side effects in kids that concern doctors. IU Health Arnett is the only hospital in Tippecanoe County that offers the Pfizer vaccine.

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Cases: 947918

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