INDIANA (WFIE) - Governor Holcomb says Indiana will being administering the COVID vaccine by age.
Hoosiers age 80 and older can register beginning at 9 a.m. Friday by going to ourshot.in.gov, searching for a nearby vaccine clinic and selecting an appointment time.
Appointments may also be made by calling 211.
“We know that people age 80 and older account for more than 52% of the COVID-19 deaths that have occurred during this pandemic,” says State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box.
A caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.
At least one vaccine clinic will be located in each Indiana county, with two pharmacies available in Posey County.
Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered.
Additional groups, such as those based on underlying health conditions, will be added as vaccine becomes available.
Governor Holcomb says moving forward, the state will then vaccinate people 70 years and older, followed by Hoosiers in their 60s when more vaccines become available.
“For the many Hoosiers who are asking, ‘when can I get my shot?’” says ISDH’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver, “please know that our goal is to get a vaccine to everyone who wants one as quickly as possible.”
State health officials tell us nearly 300,000 Hoosiers have scheduled appointments to receive vaccines through the end of this month.
Dr. Box says contact tracers will no longer reach out to close contacts of positive cases.
She says they will now be able to help schedule vaccine appointments.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 6,214 new coronavirus cases and 80 additional deaths Wednesday.
The total in the Hoosier State now sits at 539,229 confirmed cases along with 8,371 total deaths.
Every local Indiana County is now in red on the state map, with the exception of Perry County.
This includes, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Dubois, Posey, Gibson, Spencer, and Pike Counties.
14 News spoke with Mayor Winnecke about Vanderburgh County’s new red status.
Here is the full conversation:
The map shows one additional death in Vanderburgh County.
It shows 235 new cases in Vanderburgh County, 54 new cases in Dubois County, 107 new cases in Warrick County, seven new cases in Perry County, 34 new cases in Posey County, 53 new cases in Gibson County, 21 new cases in Spencer County, and 15 new cases in Pike County.
Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana.
- Vanderburgh Co. - 16,711 cases, 207 deaths
- Dubois Co. - 4,951 cases, 62 deaths
- Warrick Co. - 5,660 cases, 87 deaths
- Perry Co. - 1,268 cases, 24 deaths
- Posey Co. - 2,062 cases, 26 deaths
- Gibson Co. - 3,208 cases, 55 deaths
- Spencer Co. - 1,612 cases, 14 deaths
- Pike Co. - 1,005 cases, 25 deaths