Behning: Older Hoosiers now eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, January 14, 2021 1:03 pm

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 14, 2021) – Indiana residents age 70 and older are now eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine, according to State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis).

Behning 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.

"The state department of health is working hard alongside local health departments to ensure Hoosiers who want the vaccine have opportunities to get it, with a key focus on the older population at this point," Behning said. "Scheduling an appointment and finding a location is simple. I was able to easily set up an appointment for my mother, and we were appreciative of the quick turnaround."  

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 Behning, 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.

Behning 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. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,
which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

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