INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) -- Hoosiers who are 60 and over can get the COVID-19 vaccine but many people in that age group may not be able to travel to get it.
Now the state of Indiana is rolling out a new program that will allow homebound Hoosiers to get the vaccine in the comfort of their home.
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The program matches available vaccines from local health departments with truly homebound individuals in their service areas and then uses local EMS and Fire agencies to deliver and administer the vaccine.
They do so by bringing it directly to those who are homebound. Homebound individuals will be identified by their local Area Agency on Aging.
The agency will add them to a cloud-based portal and when the vaccine becomes available that vaccine will be matched with a recipient on the list.
State agencies say this is the best way to get vaccines to people who need them.
“It's the perfect partnership of public health and public safety ensuring the delivery of non-emergent care to one of our most vulnerable populations we call that community paramedicine,” said Executive Director of Homeland Security Stephen Cox.
Vaccines that are matched to these individuals will come from appointment cancellations, people not showing up for their appointment, or leftover vaccine that hasn't been used.
So far 1,200 Hoosiers have registered to be part of this program. If you would like to register you can do so by calling your local Area Agency on Aging the number for that is 800-986-3505.