Hoosiers 80 and over can sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations starting Friday

Posted at 2:27 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 20:28:40-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Starting this week, more Hoosiers will be able to start signing up to get their COVID-19 vaccination.

Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state leaders announced the next steps in the vaccine rollout Wednesday afternoon.

Starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Hoosiers age 80 and older can start signing to receive their vaccine and could even get it that same day.

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“Distributing vaccine is not a one size fits all process,” Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said.

Neighbors can either call 211, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8p.m., or sign up online. Loved ones can also make an appointment on behalf of an elderly family member.

After those age 80 and older receive the COVID vaccine, Hoosiers 70 years and older and then 60 years and older will follow. A specific timeline hasn't been released.

As of Wednesday, more than 128,000 first doses and 585 second doses have gone in Hoosier's arms. By the end of the month, state officials say there are 300,000 people with vaccinations scheduled.

The state is anticipating a shipment of nearly 80,000 vaccines weekly, but officials say those numbers can change. Those doses will be available at 55 hospitals, two pharmacies, and 91 local health departments.

As for which Hoosiers could be next after these age groups, officials say that depends on vaccine availability.

Another important note discussed during Wednesday’s press conference is the overall positivity rate for COVID-19 has increased and officials are blaming that on holiday gatherings and travel.

Indiana’s rate went from 15.8% on Dec. 29 to 16.3% Wednesday.

You can watch the press conference below: