The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 9:05 am

State lowers vaccine eligibility age to 60

Nearly 63,000 newly eligible already scheduled

The Journal Gazette

Health officials announced today that Hoosiers ages 60 and older are now eligible to schedule a vaccination for COVID-19, and nearly 91,000 people ages 60 to 64 scheduled an appointment within the first eight hours of eligibility. 

Effective immediately, the vaccine will be available only to individuals who live in Indiana and meet the eligibility requirements to ensure allocated doses go to Hoosiers, the department said. Eligibility will be verified at the clinic before administering the vaccine. Out-of-state residents who have already received their first dose in Indiana are still eligible to receive the second dose at the same clinic.

An additional 716 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing, and 44 additional deaths have been reported, the Indiana Department of Health said in a statement. It said a total of 12,025 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, the statement said. Another 425 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record.

The update brings to 657,037 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day's dashboard, the statement said.

To date, the statement said, 3,088,729 tests have been reported to the state health department, up from 3,085,554 Monday. A total of 7,815,751 tests, including repeat tests, have been reported to the state since Feb. 26, 2020.

For testing locations around the state, visit and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.

Hoosiers 60 years old and older, along with healthcare workers, long-term care residents and first responders are now eligible to receive the free COVID-19 vaccine. To make an appointment, go to or call 211. Hoosiers must show proof that they live in Indiana to meet eligibility requirements.

As of today, 905,236 Hoosiers have received their first dose of vaccine, and 459,603 Hoosiers are fully vaccinated, the department said. A vaccine dashboard has been created by the department to show the latest number of vaccines administered. The dashboard will be updated daily.

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