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Starting at 9 a.m. this morning (Friday) the Indiana State Department of Health will begin to open up vaccinations by age group.

People 80 years old and older will be the first group eligible.

That group of people makes up only 3.8% of the state’s population but more than 19% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 52% of COVID-19 deaths, according to the state health department.

Sign up at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/ or ourshot.in.gov, searching for a nearby vaccine clinic, and selecting an appointment time.

Appointments may also be made by calling 211.

A caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

At least one vaccine clinic will be located in each Indiana county.

This week, vaccines were made available to firefighters, EMS, law enforcement, and Department of Corrections officers.

In Southern Indiana, here are the number of residents that have received the vaccine, as of Tuesday, Jan. 5:

  • Lawrence County – 569
  • Jackson County – 741
  • Jennings County – 267
  • Orange County – 346
  • Washington County – 317
  • Scott County – 253
  • Clark County – 2224
  • Floyd County – 1531
  • Harrison County – 572
  • Crawford County – 85

People 70 years old and older will be next, followed by people 60 years old and older.

Combined, the three groups make up 22.5% of Indiana’s population, 64.1% of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and 93.3% of COVID-19 deaths.

The state health department hasn’t announced specific dates for any age group except those 80 or older, who may begin making appointments on Friday morning.