More than 33,000 Hoosiers have registered so far to get the COVID-19 vaccine, health department says

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UPDATE: The Indiana State Department of Health says 33,500 Hoosiers registered for the COVID-19 vaccine between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Friday, as registration opened for Hoosiers 80 and older.

Among those registering, 21,000 people scheduled appointments in the first 90 minutes after registration opened, the department said.

People could sign up to schedule appointments starting at 9 a.m. As the state employs a phased approach to doling out the vaccine, those 80 and older are now able to get vaccinated. County health departments will begin delivering the vaccine next week.

Registration opened Friday morning at sites in every Indiana county. Early demand for the vaccine led to long wait times for some Hoosiers.

The ISDH said the website and 211 experienced issues shortly after launch, likely due to high interest in the vaccine:

Individuals may encounter wait times due to a high volume of interest. The registration system was designed to put visitors into a holding queue when volume is high. The Indiana Department of Health encourages eligible Hoosiers to be patient or to check back later in the day.

To register, visit ourshot.in.gov and click on the vaccination site link. Find your county and then select a clinic near you. If the site is slow, the department’s advice is to “be patient and check back later.”

“We are gratified by the high interest in vaccine registration for our most vulnerable Hoosiers and encourage everyone to be patient,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “We anticipated these scenarios on the first day and have a system in place to address them as quickly as possible.”

Individuals who are having difficulty registering online can also call one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging for help with registration. A caregiver or loved one also may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

Original story:

INDIANAPOLIS – First, the COVID-19 vaccine went to hospitals and pharmacies. Now doses are heading to county health departments in Indiana.

Local health officials are preparing to open clinics next week. It comes as Hoosiers 80 and older can start signing up for an appointment Friday at 9 a.m.

People age 80 and older account for more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in the state, according to the Indiana Department of Health dashboard.

Indiana has received just over 350,000 doses of vaccine to date and is scheduled to receive about 78,000 doses per week at this time.

“By opening vaccine to those who are 80 or older, then adding people in their 70s and 60s when vaccine supplies allow us to expand, we can best protect the populations that account for 93 percent of our COVID-19 deaths,” Box said.

Hoosiers age 80 and older can register beginning at 9 a.m. Friday by going to https://ourshot.in.gov. You can search for a nearby vaccine clinic and select an appointment time. Appointments may also be made by calling 211 beginning Friday. A caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

At least one vaccine clinic will be located in each Indiana county.

Hamilton County Health Department said it expects to begin vaccine operations as early as Monday morning at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.

“Right now, we are planning on doing 160 doses a day given what we are expecting to receive in,” said Christian Walker, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator for the Hamilton County Health Department.

The county will start with one site for now and it will operate six hours a day.

“Our fire departments are stepping up,” Walker said. “They are providing paramedics and EMTs to fill shifts. Our free clinics are offering volunteers. We have medical professionals that live in the community that are volunteering their time.”

Boone County Health Department plans to transform a portion of its fairgrounds into a vaccine clinic too. They expect it will open on Tuesday.

“It is very very exciting. The last couple weeks have been very very stressful but as soon as that news came out that we can do 80 and over I felt so excited,” said Claire Haughton, Public Health Educator for the Boone County Health Department.

Here is more information about vaccine clinics launching in other central Indiana counties:

Hancock County

Vaccinations will be provided within their health department offices and clinics will start on Tuesday, Jan 12.

Johnson County

The county health department is currently partnered with Johnson Memorial Hospital and will phase their vaccine clinic into theirs beginning Monday.  They are set to receive the vaccine Thursday or Friday.  The county will also receive vaccines 1/11 and 1/18.

Madison County

The health department plans to start vaccinations on Monday, Jan 11. They are receiving the vaccine late this week and next Monday. 

Marion County

MCPHD announced it will launch COVID-19 vaccine clinics for people 80 and older, health care workers and first-responders will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

Vaccine clinic hours will be as follows:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Monroe County

The county health department is expecting vaccine this week and plan to open a clinic on Monday. It will operate only a few days per week to start and will ramp up as more vaccine becomes available.

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