Hoosiers Age 80 and Above Can Make Vaccination Appointments Friday

Beginning Friday at 8:00 a.m., Indiana residents who are 80-years-old and above can schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Posted: Jan 6, 2021 1:51 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2021 9:39 AM

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box shared an important update on the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday for elderly Hoosiers.

Gov. Holcomb began Wednesday's update by elaborating on the next group of Hoosiers able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Gov. Holcomb, the next phases of vaccine distribution throughout Indiana will be determined by age, with Hoosiers age 80 and older able to schedule vaccination appointments as soon as Friday.

While the age group of Hoosiers 80 and above make up 3.8% of the state's population, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations made up by individuals in that age group is around 19%, while the number of individuals in that age group accounts for about 52% of the state's COVID-19 deaths.

As seen in the slide displayed by Gov. Holcomb above, the next phase of the state's vaccination plan would continue by age, next allowing individuals 70 and up to receive it, and so on.

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According to Dr. Box, Hoosiers age 80 and above, in combination with Hoosiers age 60 and above, account for about 93% of the state's COVID-19 deaths. This was a large factor in the state's next phased plan to administer the vaccine based on age.

As of Wednesday, around 128,026 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Indiana.

The swiftness of the coming phases of the state's vaccination process depends heavily on the availability of the vaccine.

The state currently expects to receive around 80,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine each week.

To watch Gov. Holcomb's full Wednesday update, click here.

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