Eligible Hoosiers now able to sign up for COVID-19 vaccines

Eligible Hoosier now able to sign up for COVID-19 vaccines

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (FOX19) - COVID-19 vaccine registration is now open in the Hoosier state.

First responders, health care workers, and people 80-years-old and older can call or go online to make an appointment. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) says 33,500 people, who qualify by age, signed up between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

For many Hoosiers, like Barbara Heiden, Friday was an exciting day. Heiden says the process to sign up for the vaccination was simple and easy.

The start of the vaccination process is one step closer to normalcy as tens of thousands of people signed up for COVID-19 vaccines in Indiana.

On Wednesday, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the vaccine will be available to people by age group. Friday started with people 80-years-old and above.

“Oh, golly I was so happy to hear it,” Heiden said of the news.

Heiden says she woke up early to log onto ourshot.in.gov to register for her vaccine.

“I was lucky I didn’t have to wait; I’m going next Wednesday at 8:20,” Heiden says.

The ISDH says 21,000 people were able to get in and schedule an appointment within the first 90 minutes of the site opening. Others were faced with long wait times because so many people are trying to sign up.

If you are having trouble registering, the ISDH says you can call 211 for help.

The state department of health says there are 148 clinics available with at least one clinic in every county, and vaccinations will start Monday at some locations.

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