Why Indiana residents are struggling with vaccine registration

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WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Many eligible Hoosiers are signing-up for the COVID vaccine but some have experienced struggles while registering.

The goal for every Indiana resident want to sign-up for the vaccine is to get it as soon as possible but some are experiencing long wait times while registering.

“I decided to try 211 the first time and the wait time was 90 minutes. At that point I said to my husband get your computer out, I’ll get mine out,” said Vigo County resident Linda Gorrell. “We’ll sit them side and see if we can’t register and try to get in at approximately at the same time. At that point, the wait time on the computer was 65 minutes.”

Once the waiting period was complete, those who have registered for the vaccine agree, the process was pretty easy from that point on. Residents were asked questions including their health history and insurance information.

“Once the time was up and it was our turn to get connected, information came on that was kind of a countdown to us getting connected,” said Monroe County resident Janet Nowling. “Then they started the process of answering a variety of questions about the date and time we wanted.”

For those registering for the vaccine, they say their appointment was well worth the wait.

“I would love to hug a grandchild again. I haven’t done that since March of this past year,” said Gorrell. “I’d love to make a trip to Florida to see my granddaughter and when we get that second vaccination and a few days pass, we’re going to go. We’re going to see family.”

The Knox County Health Department says the amount of appointments they can make depends on how many vaccinations they have available.

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