Barrett: Hoosiers age 80 and older now eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:27 am

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 12, 2021) – Indiana residents age 80 and older are now eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine, according to State Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond).

Barrett said older Hoosiers can register for the vaccine by visiting ourshot.in.gov and finding a nearby vaccine clinic and selecting an appointment time. Those who do not have access to a computer can call 211 to register from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, including weekends. Caregivers or loved ones may make an appointment for an eligible senior.

 

"Older Hoosiers are the most at-risk for being hospitalized and facing life-threatening symptoms, and they are now receiving priority to get the vaccine," said Barrett, chair of the House Public Health Committee. "Sadly, those who are 80 years old or older account for more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in Indiana, so it is imperative we act to protect these Hoosiers quickly. Opening registration to these Indiana residents is a huge milestone in our fight against the virus."

This vaccine is administered in two doses, 21-28 days apart, and is available at no cost. At the first appointment, Hoosiers will be required to schedule a time for their second dose. Individuals must bring their photo ID to the appointment.

 

According to Barrett, individuals may encounter wait times when registering due to a high volume of interest. The Indiana Department of Health encourages those eligible to be patient or to check back later in the day.

 

Barrett said there will be a minimum of one vaccine clinic located in each county. Hoosier first responders and health care workers are also now eligible to register for a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. Eligible professionals should receive an invitation and registration link from their employer, professional association or the state.

 

Visit ourshot.in.gov for more information on eligibility requirements and registration.

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State Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) represents House District 56,

which includes portions of Wayne County.

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