Patients 80 and older can now register for free COVID-19 vaccinations
Starting today (Friday, Jan. 8), all Hoosiers age 80 and older are eligible to receive the first of their two COVID-19 vaccine shots – free of charge. Hoosiers in this age group account for 3.8% of the state population, but they make up more than 19% of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and 52% of COVID-19 deaths in the state.

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) requests that primary care physicians contact their patients who are in this age group to encourage them to get vaccinated. They may schedule an appointment online by visiting or by calling 2-1-1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, seven days a week.

Callers and website visitors were experiencing long wait times this morning, but both systems were working and IDOH said to keep checking throughout the day. Hoosiers having trouble registering online can also call an Area Agency on Aging for help with registration, and a caregiver or loved one may make an appointment for an eligible senior, IDOH said.

ISMA will notify members once IDOH opens up vaccinations for Hoosiers in the next age groups: individuals age 70-79, age 60-69 and so on, which is expected over the next two to three weeks.

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