Indiana on Tuesday opened eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to a new group of high-risk patients, including those who have chronic conditions that follow them through childhood and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Those newly eligible include people on supplemental oxygen who have had a tracheostomy, people with pulmonary fibrosis or those who have a weakened immune system due to a blood or bone marrow transplant, HIV, use of corticosteroids or other medicines that weaken the immune system, or certain other conditions that involve the immune system.
The providers of patients who fall into these categories will share the patient’s contact information with the Indiana Department of Health. The state will then notify the patient that he or she can register and send a link to do so or the patient can call 211 at that point.
Other conditions covered under the new eligibility include cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, people with severe heart defects, those with severe Type 1 diabetes or asthma who have been hospitalized in the past year, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other metabolic and neurological disorders.
Those with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive home-based services from the Family and Social Services Administration will also be notified that they are eligible to register.
For a complete list, see https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/files/Eligibility%201.5.21.pdf
Across the state, anyone over the age of 50 can sign up for a vaccine at ourshot.in.gov. Teachers under the age of 50 are also eligible to sign up under the federal retail pharmacy program at a Kroger, Meijer, or Walmart site.