INDIANAPOLIS — More than 53,000 Hoosiers age 80 or older had scheduled appointments to receive free COVID-19 vaccines as of 4 p.m. Friday, the first day of eligibility for this age group, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
Among those registering, 21,000 people scheduled appointments in the first 90 minutes after registration opened.
Hoosiers can continue to register at online, by calling 211 or by contacting one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging for help. A caregiver or loved one also may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.
Individuals may encounter wait times due to a high volume of interest. The registration system was designed to put visitors into a holding queue when volume is high.
The ISDH Friday COVID-19 reported included 6,199 newly confirmed cases, bringing the state total to 552,594.
A total of 8,521 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 69 from the previous day. One new death was reported in Vigo County for a total of 166 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Another 371 probable deaths have been reported statewide based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.
To date, 2,724,389 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 2,694,585 on Thursday. A total of 6,005,403 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.
To find testing sites around the state, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.