Citizens 80 Years and Older Encouraged to Register for Appointments
(NOBLESVILLE, JANUARY 7, 2021)
The Hamilton County Health Department will begin vaccinating people older than 80 years of age starting Monday, January 11. Those who fall into this age group can register for an appointment starting at 9:00 a.m. Friday at www.ourshot.in.gov or by calling 2-1-1.
“We are really concentrating on saving lives and reducing hospitalizations,” Dr. Lindsay Weaver, Chief Medical Officer for the State Department of Health, said during a news conference Wednesday. “We know that in Indiana age is the biggest contributor to severe disease and death from COVID-19. This age group alone accounts for 52 percent of the state’s virus-related deaths.”
The Hamilton County Health Department is expected to receive 800 doses of the vaccine next week. It will administer the shots at the Annex Building at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We hope to administer at least 160 vaccines a day,” says Christian Walker, emergency preparedness coordinator for the Hamilton County Health Department. “But that will depend entirely on if we get the vaccine we’ve been promised and how many people make appointments.”
Caregivers with a loved one who is 80 or older, can register on their behalf. Individuals can also call 2-1-1 for help with transportation. Vaccines are free, but if you have insurance you should provide that information upon registration. All recipients must prove they live or work in Indiana.
Once those older than 80 years of age are vaccinated, the State Department of Health will open vaccination registration to folks between the ages of 70-79, followed closely behind by people ages 60-69.