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COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know

The vaccination of Hoosiers against COVID-19 has begun. Any Hoosier age 70 and older are now eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment, as are long-term care residents, first responders (fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, reservists, and volunteers) who have in-person contact with the public, and licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers who have in-person contact with patients or infectious material in any healthcare setting.

Hoosiers age 70 and older can schedule a vaccination by calling 2-1-1 if they do not have access to a computer or need assistance registering. Eligible professionals should receive an invitation and registration link from their employer, professional association, or the State of Indiana (Indiana Department of Health, Professional Licensing Agency, Family & Social Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security, or another state agency). If you are a licensed healthcare provider, make sure your email is updated with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency and continue to check your email and SPAM. If you are eligible and haven’t received an invitation, please ask your employer.

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines help people develop immunity to a virus or other germ. A vaccine introduces a less harmful part of that germ — or something created to look or behave like it — into a person’s body. The body’s immune system develops antibodies that fight that particular germ and keep the person from getting sick from it. Later, if the person encounters that germ again, their immune system can “recognize” it and “remember” how to fight it off.

How long will it protect me? Will I have to get a COVID-19 shot every year?

A few people who have had COVID-19 have apparently had a second, often milder case of the disease, and researchers are exploring what this means in terms of how long immunity from the coronavirus lasts. Vaccine developers are looking at ways to boost a vaccine’s effectiveness so that it provides longer immune protection than a natural infection with the coronavirus.

How to register

If you fall into one of the approved groups, you can register for a vaccine using ourshot.in.govor calling 211.

Follow these steps to register online:

  • Go to ourshot.in.gov.
  • Click on the link in the red box near the top of the page that says, “Click here to find a vaccination site.”
  • Select the county you live in.
  • Select a vaccine clinic available in your county.
  • Select the blue link that says, “Click here to register.”
  • Select the group you belong to and enter your date of birth.
  • Certify that you are within the group selected.
  • Click “Schedule an appointment.”

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

Cost of vaccine

Those receiving the vaccine will not have to pay for it. Insurance information might be requested, and insurance could be billed the $28 administration fee. The cost to you will be nothing.

See Also

Finding a vaccination site

To find a vaccination site in the county where you live, click here.

Click here for a list of who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  If you are eligible, click here to register and make an appointment. The timeline for additional phases of vaccine administration is yet to be determined. Check back here frequently for updates.

Received the vaccine? Make sure you sign up for the v-safe after vaccination health checker.

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