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Hoosiers age 55 and older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine



Indiana residents 55 and older can register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Tuesday, according to the Indiana State Department of Health website.

The vaccine was previously only available to Hoosiers 60 years and older along with healthcare personnel, long-term care facility residents, youth facility workers and first responders, according to the ISDH vaccine eligibility plan.

Individuals who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can schedule an appointment through the ISDH website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all individuals receive the vaccine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In Indiana, there have been more than 12,100 COVID-19 deaths since March 2020, according to the ISDH COVID-19 Dashboard.

About 1 million Indiana residents are waiting for their second vaccine dose, while about 590,000 are fully vaccinated, according to the Indiana vaccine dashboard. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which will soon come to Indiana, according to WTHR.

The state has not yet determined the eligibility date for residents 50 to 54 years old.