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Who will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana next

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Posted at 5:41 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 17:41:30-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana officials Wednesday detailed the next steps in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state.

Currently, the vaccine is available to Hoosiers age 65 and older. Next, the state will open the eligibility to Hoosiers age 60 and older. It’s unclear when that will happen – health officials say it’s dependent on vaccine supply.

After that, eligibility will expand to two groups – Hoosiers age 50 and older and residents who meet certain criteria and are higher risk to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19.

Those criteria include active dialysis patients, down syndrome, post-solid organ transplant recipients, sickle cell disease patients and people who are actively in treatment for cancer now or in the last three months.

Hoosiers age 50 and above are about 35% of the population, but account for 80% of the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and 97% of the deaths.