State health officials announced that Indiana has opened COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all teachers and other school staff, regardless of age, through a federal grant. The new eligibility begins March 15.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eligible recipients include teachers and staff in pre-K through high school, child care centers, Head Start and Early Start programs staff, licensed child care providers, classroom aides, bus drivers, janitors, counselors, administrative staff, cafeteria workers and substitute teachers. Teachers and school staff were previously able to register for a vaccine through multiple pharmacies, such as Kroger, Meijer and Walmart, but were not granted eligibility.
The federal program’s goal is to inoculate every teacher and school staff member in the U.S. with at least one vaccine dose by the end of this month by utilizing companies with pharmacies in nearly all states, allowing them to vaccinate teacher and school staff that had not previously been granted eligibility in some states. Vaccine doses allotted to the pharmacies are separate from doses given to state and local health departments.
To register or schedule an appointment, those eligible must visit the websites of pharmacies participating in the federal program; they cannot schedule an appointment through the state’s vaccination website, ourshot.in.gov.
State health officials also announced they have expanded eligibility to more Hoosiers with comorbidities.
“We have been working to ensure that Hoosiers that have specific conditions that put them at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID are able to get vaccinated,” Dr. Lindsay Weaver, the Indiana State Dept. of Health’s chief medical officer, said during a March 10 virtual press briefing.
The expanded list of Hoosiers with comorbidities and who are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can be viewed at ourshot.in.gov. Those eligible will be contacted and given a unique link with which to register.