Just one day after Indiana lowered the COVID-19 age limit for COVID-19 registration to 55, the state announced that people age 50 and older can now get the coronavirus vaccine, according to the Indiana Department of Health.
“Getting tens of thousands of vaccines in arms in a matter of days is a huge undertaking that requires incredible partnerships,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “We are incredibly grateful to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Notre Dame and Ivy Tech for their willingness to meet this challenge head-on to help save Hoosier lives.”
These clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which received emergency use authorization from the FDA on Saturday. The vaccine requires only one dose and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths in clinical trials involving nearly 44,000 participants from all races and ethnicities.
“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine gives eligible Hoosiers a safe, effective and convenient way to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “Because it requires just one dose, every shot administered represents a Hoosier who can rest easier, knowing their risk of severe illness from this disease has dropped exponentially.”
The Indiana Department of Health has also begun planning for a future mass vaccination clinic in Gary in collaboration with health representatives.
Also eligible for the vaccine are healthcare workers, first responders, and long-term care residents.
Hoosiers age 50 and older can schedule their vaccination online or by calling 211 if they do not have access to a computer or need assistance registering.