Vaccine Age Eligibility Continues to Lower in the Tri-State

Locally, limited supply has not slowed down vaccination efforts -- as we get closer to teens being next in line. And while nearly 900,000 more Hoosiers can now roll up their sleeves- -- vaccine clinic operators say without increased allotments from the state health department until mid-April, they are doing their best to administer shots to everyone signing up.

Posted: Mar 29, 2021 5:48 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2021 8:51 AM

In Kentucky -- the eligibility for the vaccinated dropped to 40 Monday, March 29th.

In Indiana -- it’s now at 30.

And Hoosier hospitals are gearing up for that number to lower even more on Wednesday to 16 -- even as they face operational limitations.

"Unfortunately right now - I've reached out several times to Indiana," said Brian Spencer, pharmacy service line manager with Deaconess Health System. "We are not getting more vaccines at this time -- so we can't really increase our capacity -- but we're still doing 850/900 doses per day at our downtown clinic."

Over in the Bluegrass -- Owensboro Health is already vaccinating those teens, thanks to a state loophole allowing hospitals to widen the age of eligibility if they have enough doses available.

"For us, it's like we have the vaccines, they've been delivered to us, we have the open slots, we have the staff in the clinic to be able to do this,” said Michael Kelley, the vice president of medical affairs for Owensboro Health System. “And in the end -- everyone needs to get vaccinated that wants to get vaccinated and that's where we’re at for our community."

28-year-old Spencer Radke, who has survived a bout with Covid-19, is still apprehensive about getting vaccinated.

But understands what a lifeline it is for many people.

"It's your body...you do what you want with it,” he said.

Health experts have advice for people like Radke --

"It's a safe vaccine -- it's been shown to be an effective vaccine,” Spencer said.

"I have not had anyone admitted to the hospital here who has been vaccinated," Kelley said. "And we've done probably 65,0000 to 75,000 injections."

As for Radke, he is glad those close to his age can get a shot if they want too.

"The more people who get vaccinated," he said. "The quicker we get back to normal."

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