Heres the next group of people who will receive COVID-19 vaccines in Indiana – WLKY Louisville

Indiana has unveiled which group of people will be next to receive COVID-19 vaccines.Vaccine distribution in Indiana has remained prioritized by age, currently focused on getting Hoosiers 65 and older their shots. Before that, only 70 and older qualified for vaccines in Indiana.On Wednesday, during Gov. Eric Holcomb’s latest COVID-19 briefing, state health officials announced that Indiana will lower the threshold to 60 and older. According to data, the 60 and older age group represents 93 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Indiana.But while Indiana continues to prioritize those most at risk for severe complications from COVID-19, state health officials are outlining the next phase of Hoosiers who will receive the vaccine, and it won’t entirely be age-based.According to the latest update, once vaccine supply is adequate and enough of the 60 and older population receives their doses, Indiana will allow Hoosiers 50 and older to receive vaccines and residents with 5 specific co-morbidities (underlying health conditions). Here are the co-morbidities that qualify:Active dialysis patients.Down Syndrome.Post-solid organ transplant recipients.Sickle cell disease.People who are actively in treatment for cancer now or in the last three months, or with active primary lung cancer or active hematologic cancers; lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma.According to state data, 51,000 Hoosiers with these conditions would qualify and would be contacted by their health care provider to arrange vaccinations. Officials said these underlying health conditions were chosen after reviewing hospitalization data and deaths from those infected with COVID-19.State health officials said people with these underlying health conditions will only qualify if they have proven histories of the conditions with their medical providers. The Hoosiers will then be able to register for appointments.When it comes to people ages 50 and older, data shows that this age group makes up 80 percent of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and 97.6 percent of deaths in Indiana.According to the data, Hoosiers 50 to 59 are 30 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than people age 20 to 29, officials said.There is still no word on when exactly Indiana will move to this next phase of Hoosiers. Currently, over 50 percent of Hoosiers 65 to 70 years old either have appointments schedule or have received their vaccines. The percentage is more than 60 percent for Hoosiers 70 to 80 years old.Check out the video above for more information on the next phase in Indiana.Click here for a more detailed look at vaccine guidelines in the state.

Indiana has unveiled which group of people will be next to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccine distribution in Indiana has remained prioritized by age, currently focused on getting Hoosiers 65 and older their shots. Before that, only 70 and older qualified for vaccines in Indiana.

On Wednesday, during Gov. Eric Holcomb’s latest COVID-19 briefing, state health officials announced that Indiana will lower the threshold to 60 and older. According to data, the 60 and older age group represents 93 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Indiana.

But while Indiana continues to prioritize those most at risk for severe complications from COVID-19, state health officials are outlining the next phase of Hoosiers who will receive the vaccine, and it won’t entirely be age-based.

According to the latest update, once vaccine supply is adequate and enough of the 60 and older population receives their doses, Indiana will allow Hoosiers 50 and older to receive vaccines and residents with 5 specific co-morbidities (underlying health conditions).

Here are the co-morbidities that qualify:

  • Active dialysis patients.
  • Down Syndrome.
  • Post-solid organ transplant recipients.
  • Sickle cell disease.
  • People who are actively in treatment for cancer now or in the last three months, or with active primary lung cancer or active hematologic cancers; lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma.

According to state data, 51,000 Hoosiers with these conditions would qualify and would be contacted by their health care provider to arrange vaccinations. Officials said these underlying health conditions were chosen after reviewing hospitalization data and deaths from those infected with COVID-19.

State health officials said people with these underlying health conditions will only qualify if they have proven histories of the conditions with their medical providers. The Hoosiers will then be able to register for appointments.

When it comes to people ages 50 and older, data shows that this age group makes up 80 percent of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and 97.6 percent of deaths in Indiana.

According to the data, Hoosiers 50 to 59 are 30 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than people age 20 to 29, officials said.

There is still no word on when exactly Indiana will move to this next phase of Hoosiers. Currently, over 50 percent of Hoosiers 65 to 70 years old either have appointments schedule or have received their vaccines. The percentage is more than 60 percent for Hoosiers 70 to 80 years old.

Check out the video above for more information on the next phase in Indiana.

Click here for a more detailed look at vaccine guidelines in the state.