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Parkview Health to give shots to elderly Hoosiers as part of vaccine effort


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Parkview Health will take part in giving vaccine to the elderly and other at-risk groups.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Thursday they are preparing for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Hoosiers 80 years and older can begin to sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting Friday.

READ MORE: Indiana expands virus shots to those 80 and older this week

Appointments for those 80 and older will be available in all 92 counties and can be made at the website or by calling the state’s 2-1-1 telephone assistance service.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. Friday.

Family members will be allowed to make appointments on behalf of eligible seniors. The person receiving the vaccine must bring their photo identification and health insurance card (if they have one) to their appointment.

There is no charge to receive the vaccine.

READ MORE: Take a look inside Parkview Health’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Parkview's Mirro Center has been giving shots to eligible health care workers since the vaccine was given emergency approval.

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If you don't have an appointment, Parkview says you won't be allowed in the clinic.

The Indiana State Department of Health decides who is eligible for getting the vaccine and has selected various locations across the state for inoculations.

State health officials said that they plan to start offering vaccinations in the coming weeks next to those 70 and older and then 60 and older.

The timeline for the next phases of vaccine distribution is still yet to be determined.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, a total of 585 Hoosiers have received the two doses necessary for the coronavirus vaccine.

State data shows of that total, 122 reside in Allen County.

A total of 128,026 Hoosiers received their first shot and are awaiting another dose.

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Kayla Crandall

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