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Indiana Seniors Over 80 May Register for Covid Vaccine

    The ISDH just announced that vaccinations will begin for persons age 80 & older on Monday, January 11th

     Residents age 80 and older can self-register for a vaccine appointment starting at 8:00 AM CST on Friday, January 8th by going to (Please Note: The registration website will NOT go live until 8:00 AM CST On Friday, January 8th.) A friend or family member may also can make an appointment on behalf of a qualifying individual. But the person registered will be required to provide photo identification in person before they will be given the COVID-19 immunization.

     If you want to make your reservation by phone, call 2-1-1- beginning Friday, January 8th at 9:00 am. Call Centers will make your appointment. Their hours are 8am – 8pm daily including weekends. Residents age 80 and older who do not have internet access or are unable to register online can call 2-1-1 for an appointment and/or secure transportation starting at 8:00 AM CST on Friday, January 8th. Again, a friend or family member also can make an appointment on behalf of a qualifying individual but, the person registered will be required to provide photo identification in person before they will be given the vaccine. Patrons may also try calling 877-826-0011.

     According to the State of Indiana website, vaccines will be available in 55 hospitals and 91 County Health Departments. So far the hospitals authorized to submit vaccines in the three counties in Northwest Indiana are outlined below.

Lake County:

– Methodist Southlake Campus Merrillville, 200 E. 89th St., CACS Conference Room
– Community Hospital in Munster, 801 MacArthur Blvd., Munster
– Community Stroke, 10215 Broadway, Crown Point
– Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St,. Crown Point
– Gary Local Health Department, 1145 W. 5th Street.
– East Chicago Health Department, 100 W. Chicago St., Ste. 100
Total County Vaccines Administered as of
Jan 11th: 9,863
Jan 7th:  7,002
Jan 20th: 17,170

LaPorte County:
– Franciscan Health, 3500 Franciscan way, Michigan City
– LaPorte County Local Health Dept. 2518 Indiana 2, LaPorte

Total County Vaccines Administered as of
Jan 11th: 2,167
Jan 7th:  1,248
Jan 20th: 3,610

Porter County:
– Porter County Health Dept, 215 E. Division Rd. Valparaiso

Total County Vaccines Administered as of
Jan 11th: 3,814
Jan 7th:  2,746
Jan 20th: 3,610

     Porter County Just posted their Vaccination Schedule – click here for that info.

      The Indiana Department of Health is supposed to notify eligible individuals directly, via an employer, or by public announcement. If you have not heard from your employer, you are to contact them immediately. Each County Health Department is supposed to have its own vaccination site.


In case you’re wondering who gets the vaccine, the CDC has set forth guidelines determining the vaccine schedule. The schedule is outlined as follows:

Phase 1A — Long-term Care Facilities, First Responders, Law Enforcement, Healthcare Providers, Healthcare Facilities, Healthcare Clinics, Aged 80 and over (see above) speech therapists, pharmacists, imaging technologists, laboratory technicians, social services workers, environmental services staff, case management, non-traditional providers such as doulas and midwives, pastoral care staff, dental providers, emergency medical services and nursing students. Police, Sheriffs, Corrections and DNR officers, fire departments, emergency medical staff.

Phase 1B — Residents aged 80 and over, food and agricultural workers, postal workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store employees, public transit workers, teachers, day care workers and others in the educational sector, and those 75 and older at high risk of hospitalization or death would follow.

Phase 1C — aged 65-74 at high risk from severe illness, aged 18-64 with chronic conditions, and essential workers including others in transportation and logistics, construction and finance, IT, communications, energy, law, media, public safety and public health would follow at a later date.

     The State of Indiana just launched a new website for vaccine information found at the link here, where new information will be posted as more vaccine becomes available.  According to the State of Indiana website, there are no hospitals in Porter County are Administering the vaccine. Total Vaccines administered map is located here. New research suggests the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech can still work against a mutated coronavirus. Locations for Vaccination Map is located here.   

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Sue Baxter