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State health officials report slowdowns with online, 211 vaccine registration systems

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Ct. Gov. Ned Lamont greets Jeanne Peters, 95, a rehab patient at The Reservoir, a nursing facility, after she was given the first COVID-19 vaccination in a Ct. nursing home Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in West Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn,POOL)

INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) - Hoosiers eager to register for their COIVD-19 shots are asked to be patient as the registration website and call system are being flooded with requests.

Indiana residents who are 80 years and up can now sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine by registering online or calling 211.

Despite some slowdowns, the Indiana State Department of Health says the systems are working.

The health department says the online registration website is designed to put visitors into a holding queue when volume is high. You're encouraged to check back in throughout the day if you run into issues.

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

“We are gratified by the high interest in vaccine registration for our most vulnerable Hoosiers and encourage everyone to be patient,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “We anticipated these scenarios on the first day and have a system in place to address them as quickly as possible.”

Individuals age 80 and older account for less than 4 percent of the state’s population but represent more than 19 percent of the hospitalizations and more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in the state, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

Individuals who are having difficulty registering online can also call one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging for help with registration. A caregiver or loved one also may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

At least one vaccine clinic will be located in each Indiana county. Vaccines are free, but insurance may be charged an administrative fee.

Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered.

Additional groups, such as those based on underlying health conditions, will be added as vaccine becomes available. Updates will be posted at https://ourshot.in.gov.

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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