Vaccinations set to begin for Hoosiers 80 years and older

Lawrenceburg vaccinations start Tuesday for those 80 and older

DEARBORN COUNTY, In. (FOX19) - Across Indiana, healthcare workers, first responders and those 80 years and older have been signing up online to get their COVID-19 vaccine, with some counties beginning to administer doses Tuesday.

The Lawrenceburg Event Center is one Indiana location where the vaccine appointments will begin at 10 a.m. Two recipients will be dosed in each ten-minute appointment window until 6 p.m.

One hundred doses of the Moderna vaccine will be available Tuesday. Another 100 doses will be available Wednesday.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Dearborn County Health Officer Stephen Eliason, MD, said. “It’s the beginning of the end of at least one problem, so we’ll put this problem behind us hopefully in the next six months, and that would be a great thing, so fingers crossed that’s how it goes.”

If the location has extra doses, Eliason explains a contingency plan involves calling in those 80 years and older who haven’t been able to get on the computer or those with serious health problems.

After Wednesday, there’s some degree of uncertainty.

“We still don’t really know next week how much we’re going to get, but at least one day next week, maybe more, but one day for sure, and I think we can anticipate 1-200 doses a week for the foreseeable future, hopefully more,” Eliason said.

The health officer adds folks are better off getting the vaccine than getting sick with COVID.

Sign up for an appointment by going to ourshot.in.gov.

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