COVID-19 vaccination age limit lowered to 65
Hoosiers between the ages of 65 and 69 now have been added to the list of those who are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
The Indiana State Department of Health announced Monday it had lowered the age limit for vaccinations, which previously had been set at 70. Those now eligible include:
- Any Hoosier age 65 and older;
- Healthcare workers who live or work in Indiana and have face-to-face interactions with patients or contact with infectious materials in a healthcare setting; and
- First responders who are firefighters, police officers or sheriff's deputies, Emergency Medical Services, reservists or correctional officers who live or work in Indiana and who are regularly called to the scene of an emergency to give medical aid.
More people will be added to the list by the ISDH as adequate supplies from manufacturers are received.
"This is excellent news," said Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs for Reid Health. "The state continues to make its way through our most vulnerable populations, those who are most at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
"I encourage everyone who is eligible to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated. Do it to keep yourself and your loved ones safe."
Patients must schedule a visit through the state website, ourshot.in.gov, using either the Firefox or Chrome web browser.
Reid Health is operating a mass vaccination clinic at the Kuhlman Center on the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond (861 N. Salisbury Road). Hours there are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Same-day appointments are available, but to ensure there's an adequate vaccine supply on hand, walk-ins won't be accepted.
The state has designated 211 as a call line for assistance, but Reid has been made aware at least some local sites aren't showing for 211 staff as having available appointments. If you encounter this issue and need help scheduling a vaccination at the Kuhlman Center, please call 765-935-8484 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Appointments are available. The capacity for vaccinating at that location is several hundred per day.
"I encourage everyone who is eligible to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated. Do it to keep yourself and your loved ones safe." -- Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs
For those individuals who might need help getting to the Kuhlman Center, family members should assist with scheduling to ensure transportation will be available at the time of the appointment.
Once on site, patients will find directional signs and a phone number to call upon their arrival.
Reid has been designated a host site by the ISDH with responsibility for helping to vaccinate Wayne, Randolph, Union and Fayette counties. Each county's health department also is offering vaccinations.
Each of the four county health departments are operating vaccine clinics of their own. Those are located at:
- Wayne County: 601 E. Main St., Richmond
- Randolph County: 1885 U.S. 27, Winchester
- Union County: 6 W. South St., Liberty
- Fayette County: 401 Central Ave., Connersville
After a visit has been scheduled, patients will be sent a link to complete their registration. That information doesn't have to be filled out before arriving for their scheduled vaccination but doing so ahead of time will speed up the process.
Only those who live or work in Indiana are eligible to be vaccinated in the state. Ohio residents who don't work in Indiana should visit coronavirus.ohio.gov to learn more about how to get vaccinated in their home counties.
Those with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can call Reid Health's hotline at 765-965-4200 and they can visit the FAQ section of the Reid website.