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INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers 70 and older can now register to receive coronavirus vaccinations as Indiana continues to expand access to the shots, the Indiana State Department of Health said Wednesday.

The vaccines became available to Indiana residents 80 and older last Friday following the initial rollout of doses for Indiana health care workers and nursing home residents and staffers in December. Nearly 86,000 Hoosiers in that age group had scheduled appointments to receive the free COVID-19 vaccines as of 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the state health department.

Health officials said last week that they planned to start offering vaccinations in the coming weeks next to those 70 and older and then 60 and older.

Appointments for those 70 and older can be made at the website ourshot.in.gov or by calling the state's 2-1-1 telephone assistance service. As of Wednesday morning, 148 vaccination sites were available around the state. All but one of the state's 92 county health departments has offered a vaccination clinic.

Currently, the Howard County Health Department is receiving 500 doses a week. The department began vaccination Wednesday,  though all of its appointments are booked at the moment. The health agency expects to receive an increased allotment in the week of Jan. 25. 

State health officials said more information about vaccine expansions will be provided during a Wednesday afternoon news briefing.

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