(UNDATED) – Register for COVID-19 vaccine receiving high call volume.
“The registration site is NOT down – it was designed to create a waiting room for people when volume reached high levels, which we are currently experiencing,” said Health Nurse Mary Kinser, of the Lawrence County Health Department. “The 211 system also is experiencing high volume. If you can’t get through check back later in the day. Another option is to call the area Agencies on Aging. we are confident that any eligible Hoosier who wants a vaccine will be able to find an appointment.”
Hoosiers age 80 and older are eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine beginning today.
A total of 33,500 Hoosiers age 80 or older registered for free COVID-19 vaccines between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Friday, the first day of eligibility for this age group.
Among those registering, 21,000 people scheduled appointments in the first 90 minutes after registration opened.
Hoosiers can continue to register at https://ourshot.in.gov, by calling 211 or by contacting one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging for help. A caregiver or loved one also may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.
At least one vaccine clinic will be located in each Indiana county.
Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered.
Individuals age 80 and older account for less than 4 percent of the state’s population but represent more than 19 percent of the hospitalizations and more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in the state, according to the Indiana Department of Health.
State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, said vaccine supplies are still limited. Indiana has received just over 350,000 doses of vaccine to date and is scheduled to receive about 78,000 vaccines per week at this time.
Additional groups, such as those based on underlying health conditions, will be added as vaccine becomes available.
Updates will be posted at ourshot.in.gov.