As the State of Indiana moves to Phase
1-B of its vaccine rollout, senior citizens age 80 and over can now make
appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Appointments can be scheduled
through the state's website at www.ourshot.in.gov
or by calling 2-1-1. Franciscan Health hospitals in Crown Point, Hammond and
Michigan City are among the sites in Northwest Indiana that people can
choose from to receive the vaccine.
Franciscan Health Crown Point has
added Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to noon at its vaccine clinic to focus
exclusively on those in the 80-plus age group currently eligible for the
vaccine. A scheduled appointment is required in advance, and those
scheduling a vaccination should also complete the registration process when
Along with this age group, Franciscan
Health continues to provide the vaccine to frontline healthcare workers and
to first responders who are eligible. The current vaccines being offered,
from Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna, require two doses. Once patients receive
their first vaccination, they can make an appointment for their second dose
in three weeks for Pfizer BioNTech and four weeks for Moderna. Due to
limited supply, patients are not able to choose which vaccine they will
As additional vaccine becomes
available, Indiana will expand eligibility to those age 70 and above,
followed by age 60 and above. The state will assess morbidity and exposure
risks to determine the next group eligible for the vaccine.