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WATCH: Indiana removes residency requirement for COVID-19 vaccines

Posted at 2:27 PM, Mar 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-31 16:45:09-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana officials want to make it easier for more people to get their COVID-19 vaccine, even if they don't live in the state.

Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said the state will no longer require proof of residency.

The move to make age the only eligibility requirement for a vaccine was done to comply with the requirements of the FEMA vaccination clinic opening in Gary, for people who live in a house with several people but lack documents with an Indiana address, students at colleges and universities or people at workplaces who spend a significant amount of time in the state, Box said.

"Definitely it's our preference that individuals who live in Indiana, work in Indiana, are the ones who come over and get vaccinated here because we do get allocated vaccine based on our population," Box said. "But what we want to do is remove any barriers and we knew we were going to be vaccinating college students that many of them live out of state or sometimes even out of the country, and we knew with opening the FEMA vaccine site that that was another requirement that there was really no residency requirement."

Box made the announcement during Wednesday's press conference on COVID-19 in the state with Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials.

Watch the news conference below: