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Indiana opens vaccinations to 40-year-olds

Registration for vaccine appointments for newly eligible Hoosiers began Monday morning.

Hoosiers ages 40 and older are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana. 

This expansion of eligibility to include those ages 40 to 44 will make the vaccine available to more than 400,000 additional Hoosiers.

Additional groups under age 40 will be added as more vaccine becomes available.

Registration for vaccine appointments for this newly eligible population started Monday and will extend over the next several weeks to align with expected vaccine deliveries to the state. 

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Individuals seeking an earlier appointment are encouraged to look at openings in surrounding counties from where they live.

To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of more than 450 clinics around the state. Hoosiers who do not have a computer or cell phone or those who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 211 or contact one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging or AARP. 

Nearly 70 libraries around the state also are helping Hoosiers schedule their appointments.

Vaccination clinics that are part of the federal vaccine program, including those at Meijer and Kroger pharmacies, appear on the clinic map at https://ourshot.in.gov but are scheduled through those retailers’ platforms, not through the state centralized system.

The Indiana Department of Health reported 948,555 Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated over the weekend. That number represents 907,589 individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Another 40,966 received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  

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