Carbaugh, Heine: Hoosiers age 65 and older now eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, February 1, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2021) – Indiana residents age 65 and older are now eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine, according to State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) and Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne).

Carbaugh said older Hoosiers can register for the vaccine by visiting 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.

"Eligible Allen County residents will receive their vaccinations at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum following an online or over-the-phone registration process," Carbaugh said. "It is important to note no walk-ins will be accepted, and those wishing to get the vaccine must make an appointment."

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 Heine, 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.

"Please be patient if you can't get through for an appointment right away," Heine said. "Check back frequently to register, and consider trying earlier and later in the day when web traffic and call volumes are not as high."

Heine 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 for more information on eligibility requirements and registration.


State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) represents House

District 81, which includes a portion of Allen County.

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State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) represents House

District 85, which includes a portion of Allen County.

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