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Seniors over the age of 80 will begin getting vaccinated Friday

Posted at 8:06 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 20:06:13-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Final preparations are underway as the general public is set to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.

Healthcare workers, first responders and now seniors over the age of 80 are eligible to receive it.

Seniors 80 and older can call 211 or visit starting Friday morning to make a vaccine appointment. The shots are free to the public.

They will all be administered through the state program, so you will need to register through them to get a vaccine rather than calling your doctor. Many of the appointments will be held at healthcare facilities including IU Health.

“When you think about what this is giving, it is not just the personal protection of health and prevention, but also the ability to see loved ones and family members that folks haven't seen in a long time and this is giving that back to them,” said Kristen Kelley, nursing director of infection prevention at IU Health.

Some seniors in Indianapolis say they are excited to get the vaccine.

“I feel safe with it. I think that they've proven that it's going to help millions of us,” Dana Flack said.

“We would feel a little safer I think after we are vaccinated,” her husband, Paul Flack, said.

Homebound seniors over 80 receiving Medicaid transportation services can use that service to get to their appointment.

Several local health departments are also working on finalizing transportation options for seniors. WRTV will let you know when we learn more about that.

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