Indiana opens vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and up

Indiana has opened COVID vaccine appointments to all residents 16 and older Wednesday.

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JESSE KIRSCH: And Tanja, obviously, you have to make sure that you qualify for this specific vaccine because only the Pfizer vaccine is for people 16 and older. Anyone else who is 18 and older can get either the Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson vaccines. But the director of Health here in East Chicago tells me this expansion of eligibility is a game changer for the state.

Indiana residents can now make an appointment by dialing 211 or visiting the state website Among the first younger recipients here, 18-year-old clinic volunteer Elder Guzman, who calls this his moment to shine.

ELDER GUZMAN: I do have people in my household that are more at risk than I am. And to know that I can protect them and protect myself is amazing.

- The more people that are vaccinated, the less likely the increase of spread of disease. Our COVID cases are ticking upward, so it's important.

JESSE KIRSCH: The warning from the Director of Health here in East Chicago. As the Governor Eric Holcomb prepares to lift the state mask mandate next week, we expect to hear more from the governor in a briefing this afternoon. As for here in East Chicago, specifically, the Director of Health tells me that the mask mandate locally here is not going anywhere.