INDIANA (WFIE) - Hoosiers over the age of 80 can start to sign up for their COVID-19 vaccine Friday, and state health officials say, so far, more than 53,000 Hoosiers age 80 or older have done so.
Anyone interested in signing up can do so online by going to ourshot.in.gov, searching for a nearby vaccine clinic, filling out a little bit of personal information, then selecting an appointment time.
According to the statewide map, there are 13 vaccination sites in our region.
However, there have been reports of long waits online.
14 News tested the portal around 9:30 Friday morning. There was an hour-long wait just to access to online registration page.
State officials say if you are having difficulty registering online or if you know someone eligible to get vaccinated who doesn’t have access to a computer, you can call 211 to register over the phone.
Officials with the Vanderburgh County Health Department announced Friday that they are now scheduling appointments to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible recipients.
Those clinic times will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
They say vaccinations are available at Deaconess and St. Vincent’s campuses and are now at the Vanderburgh County Health Department.
However, you still need to schedule your appointment through the state at ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211.
The vaccine is available to Hoosiers who are 80 and older, as well as those who are licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers and first responders who have face-to-face interactions with patients or infectious material or work in a public-facing position that requires in-person contact.
Officials say a photo ID, proof of age, or verification of current employment such as a healthcare worker or first responder in Indiana will be required.
Two vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna, are currently available. Each requires two doses administered at least 21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days apart for the Moderna vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after the second vaccination.
Officials with the Dubois County Health Department tell us all of their 80 and older appointments are already booked out for two weeks.
They tell us those appointments filled up in less than two hours on Friday morning.
Dubois County health officials say eligible individuals will now have to wait to schedule an appointment until after January 25.
In Warrick County, vaccinations will begin Tuesday at the Deaconess Express Clinic in Boonville. The clinic will administer vaccines six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday.
Aaron Franz with the Warrick County Health Department says his staff is limited to 360 shots per week, and appointments are filling up.
Franz encourages residents of Warrick County to visit warrickcounty.gov for updated information.
Health officials say people who have been vaccinated may still be able to infect others, so even those who are vaccinated should continue wearing a mask and quarantining if they are a close contact of a positive case.
The best ways to protect yourself and others are to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you’re sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze