Indiana residents 16 and older eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine

Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS —Starting Wednesday, every eligible Hoosier who is at least 16 years old will be able to get a vaccination in the state.

The expansion makes more than 1.3 million additional individuals eligible for vaccine.

Those interesting in signing up for their free COVID-19 vaccine can go to Ourshot.in.gov or call 2-1-1 for assistance.

Tips for signing up:

  • Anyone eligible can make a vaccine appointment, but the actual appointment date will depend on availability
  • In some areas, the next available appointment could be several weeks out
  • Be patient
  • Check in at lower-volume times later in the day

We also are hearing from local health officials, who are encouraging every Hoosier who is eligible to sign up.

On the first day of being able to register their COVID vaccine, nearly 80,000 young Hoosiers have taken advantage. 22-year-old Kelsey McCullough says she signed up right away.

“I actually registered this morning,” McCullough said she’s looking forward to getting her Pfizer vaccine. “I’m getting vaccinated next Thursday. I am so excited. I have been counting down the days until I could do this so I’m just ready for it to be here.”

McCullough is a student at the University of Southern Indiana she says this year has been tough to navigate.

“It has made it really hard to pick what I want to do for the rest of my life and pick where I want to live when I don’t know what next week is going to look like. I don’t know what next month is going to look like,” McCullough explain. She’s hoping to see the pandemic come to an end, especially with graduation right around the corner. “I miss my friends I miss seeing all my faculty. I miss hanging out with my sorority sisters and doing things like that. So it has made it really hard and it’s definitely not the way that I want to end my senior year.”

Dr. David Schultz said getting young adults vaccinated is a big milestone in preventing our most vulnerable population from contracting COVID-19.

“And it’s the younger population that’s going to help get us herd immunity where even unimmunized individuals will have protection,” explained Dr. Schultz. He said people 16-years-old and older tend to be around groups of people due to their social circle. This can cause them to be asymptomatic carries of the virus and spread it to their parents and grandparents. Getting vaccinated can protect younger people from carrying COVID-19.

Dr. Schultz says even though COVID vaccines seem to be put on the market quickly, they were actually in the works for years.

“So far this vaccine has been deemed as safe. We have not seen many adverse reactions to it. We’ve seen some minor ones, but for the most part most individuals have tolerated the vaccine and I would strongly recommend getting the vaccine for your older children, young adults and so forth as the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risk,” Dr. Schultz said.

(This story was originally published March 31, 2021)

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