Vaccination Appointments Flood in as Dozens More Hoosiers Die From COVID-19

Indiana healthcare worker holds one of the first vaccine doses to arrive in the state in December

While reporting dozens of new COVID-19 deaths throughout Indiana Friday, the state health department said that over 30,000 Hoosiers age 80 or older had already signed up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine within the first two hours of registration availability.

Posted: Jan 8, 2021 11:54 AM
Updated: Jan 8, 2021 12:30 PM

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, a total of 33,500 Hoosiers age 80 or older registered for free COVID-19 vaccines between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on 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.

Details: Hoosiers Age 80+ Can Now Register to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

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.

The state health department said Friday that so many vaccination registrations were being made 80-and-up Hoosiers that the state website was experiencing functionality issues.

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 latest phased, age-based vaccine administration plan.

With hundreds of new COVID-19 deaths reported weekly and 69 new COVID-19 deaths reported statewide on Friday, state health officials stress the urgency of vaccinating the state's most vulnerable population. So far, 8,521 total Hoosiers have died now from COVID-19, according to ISDH.

In addition to the new deaths reported Friday, ISDH said 6,199 new positive cases of COVID-19 had been identified throughout the state as well. 552,594 total Indiana residents are now confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 to date.

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