Hoosiers 55 and older are now eligible to receive the #COVID19 vaccine.

As of March 2, individuals who have been identified by their physician as being part of a special health population also will be able to be scheduled for a vaccine.

For the first time, those who have one of the following conditions are eligible to have their provider submit their information:

• Active dialysis patients

  • Sickle cell disease
  • Down syndrome
  • Post-solid organ transplant
  • People who are actively in treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) for cancer now or in the last three months, or with active primary lung cancer or active hematologic cancers (lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma)

To make an appointment, their health provider first must submit their patient into the provider portal that was provided by Indiana State Department of Health. The patient then will receive a unique registration link to register for an appointment.

The announcement was made shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, just one week after shots were made available to those 60-64.

Those eligible can register at ourshot.in.gov or call a local phone number.

State health officials urge vaccination seekers to be patient as wait times might be longer than usual.

Morrisson-Reeves Library staff are trained to help area residents make vaccination appointments, and may be reached via phone at (765) 966-8291.

Reid Health operates a regional vaccination center at Kuhlman Center on the Wayne County Fairgrounds. It has appointments at Kuhlman Center between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Because it receives vaccines for four counties and receives the Pfizer vaccine that requires ultra-cold storage, Reid has been receiving more doses than Wayne County Health Department, which can store the Moderna vaccine.

Residents of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Randolph counties can make an appointment for Kuhlman Center by calling a Reid phone number, 765-935-8484, between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Volunteers also are helping answer phones at the county health department and can schedule a vaccine at either the Wayne County Health Department site at the former Elder-Beerman store, or at Reid’s Kuhlman Center site. They can be reached at 765-973-9245.

Unfortunately, the state’s 211 helpline operators do not have accurate information about the Reid vaccination site, so those calling that number specifically need to ask for the Reid site at Kuhlman Center if they choose to get their vaccinations there.

Walk-ins will not be able to be accommodated for vaccinations while supplies remain limited.

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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.