By: Connie Klimek
On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Governor Eric Holcomb announced that eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines will open to all Hoosiers ages 16 and older beginning on March 31. Vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are available. The Pfizer vaccine is not available for administration to children under 16. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not available for those under 18.
IU South Bend’s mass email communication, The Daily Titan, has a link for students to register for COVID-19 vaccines through Healthlinc. However, to register through Healthlinc, students and faculty must be age 18 or older.
An additional path to register for the COVID-19 vaccine is by visiting ourshot.in.gov, then select the red banner that says, “Click here to find a vaccination site and register.” Follow the steps the website directs users through, such as finding a vaccination site nearby. A close vaccination site to IU South Bend is Healthlinc Southeast located at 1708 High St. South Bend, IN 46613.
Hoosiers have the ability to receive a vaccine anywhere in Indiana where an appointment is available, so St. Joseph County residents can travel to Elkhart or La Porte County, if appointments are available sooner.
Holcomb received news from the federal government stating that Indiana is expecting a mass vaccine supply during the last week of March, which prompted his decision to lower the age of eligibility for administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The state dashboard states that around 18% of Hoosiers 16 and older in Indiana are fully vaccinated as of the time of this article was written.
For help registering, call Healthlinc at 888-580-1060 ext. 6202 for English. For assistance in Spanish call the Western Library at (574) 282- 4639.