Okay Generation X, now’s your turn.
On Tuesday,state health officials announced that COVID-19 vaccine appointments are now open to people ages 45 to 49.
To schedule a vaccine appointment at one of nearly 450 sites around the state, visit ourshot.in.gov or call 211.
As more vaccine doses become available — and older people receive their vaccines — Indiana has been able to extend immunization to a greater percentage of the population.
In early March all teachers become eligible for vaccination, with those 50 and older eligible through the state due to their age, and those younger than 50 through the federal retail pharmacy program. As of Monday, March 15, teachers of any age are eligible at any state site.
Yesterday’s update:Over 837,000 now fully vaccinated in Indiana against coronavirus
From the start, the state has prioritized vaccination for residents with an age-based approach, first offering immunizations to those 80 and older, then 70 and older, then 65, and then those 60 and older.
An additional infusion of vaccine along with the approval of a third vaccine in the first week of March led the state to open up vaccine eligibility to those 55 to 59 and 50 to 54 on back-to-back days.
The state has planned a series of mass immunization clinics, which will deliver the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. More than 16,000 people were vaccinated in four days at the first such clinic held in Indianapolis in early March. Additional clinics are planned throughout the state during March.
While the age cadres increase in population the younger the state goes, there are some signs that some younger people are not as avid about the prospect of being vaccinated as those in older generations.
More than half, or 56%, of those ages 60 to 69 had had at least one dose of vaccine or were scheduled to be vaccinated as of March 10 and more than 70% of those ages 70 and above. However, one day after the state opened vaccine eligibility to those 55 to 59, fewer than 30% were vaccinated or scheduled for a shot.
Just over 15% of the adults in the state over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s dashboard. Just under 60% of adults age 80 and older are fully vaccinated, 55.8% of those ages 75 to 79 and 57% of those ages 70 to 74.
The numbers go up to more than 65% for all those age groups for having the first dose administered.
About 57% of people ages 65 to 69 have had their first dose, as have just over 35% of people ages 60 to 64. About 23% of people ages 55 to 59 have received their first dose of vaccine and 18% of those ages 50 to 59.
Medical experts have said that in order for a population to reach herd immunity, they shoot to have about 80% of people vaccinated.