The way to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine in Indiana

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Where can I get vaccinated?

  • State vaccination clinics and local health departments that listed online from the Indiana Department of Health. You can make an appointment via or by phone at 211.
  • Vaccine website of the federal government,, allows you to search for vaccination sites by postcode with links to appointments. You can get the same information by sending your zip code to 438829 or calling 800-232-0233 (TTY: 888-720-7489).
  • Many transport companies offer free or discounted trips to and from vaccination centers.

AARP recommends that you consult your doctor about the safety, effectiveness, benefits, and risks of the coronavirus vaccine. Older adults, especially those with previous illnesses, are withincreased risk of hospitalization and deathfrom COVID-19.

An Indiana resident receives her first dose of Pfizer BioNTech
Vaccine in Bloomington.

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What should I bring to my vaccination appointment?

Some vaccination centers require proof of identity or authorization. Officials recommend that you bring a driver’s license or other government-issued ID that shows your name, age and address, and your health insurance card, if you have one. You will not be billed, but the vaccine provider may charge your insurer a fee to give you the vaccine.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say you should wear a mask to your appointment.

How do vaccinations work in nursing homes and long-term care facilities?

Most long-term care residents and employees were offered COVID-19 vaccinations through a federal program that had a contract with CVS and Walgreens to deliver COVID-19 vaccines through free on-site clinics. The program has ended, but to ensure long-term care facilities continue to have access to vaccines for new residents or employees, Federal government continues to award cans to pharmacies that are affiliated with long-term care facilities.

AARP requests mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for Nursing home residents and employees. The federal government announced in August that nursing homes must require all workers to be fully vaccinated in order to receive Medicare and Medicaid dollars.

Which vaccines require a second vaccination?

the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna need two cans. If you do get either of these, you will need a subsequent dose to be vaccinated effectively. The recommended date for the second vaccination is three weeks after a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and four weeks for Moderna, but the CDC says an interval of up to six weeks is acceptable. You should be given a card from your doctor telling you when and where to return the second dose. The state says it will send reminders via text messages, email, and phone calls.

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine only requires one shot. Federal officials warn that the vaccine has been linked to rare, severe blood clots in a small number of recipients, particularly women aged 50 and younger.

Do I need a booster vaccination?

As of September 20, Americans who have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should plan to receive a booster dose eight months after their second vaccination, federal officials say. Data are not yet available to determine whether a booster for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is warranted, although a booster is recommended shortly.

Federal officials already have authorized a third shot the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for certain immunocompromised people, including organ transplant recipients and certain cancer patients. The approval does not apply to the J&J vaccine.

If you are immunocompromised and think you might be eligible for a third shot, the CDC recommends talking to your doctor about your health and whether an extra dose is appropriate.

Do I have to pay for the vaccination?

You shouldn’t have any expenses to get the vaccine. AARP fought for the federal government pays for the vaccine themselves. Vendors can reclaim a fee for administering the shot, but not from consumers. They would be reimbursed by the patient’s health insurance or the government (for example, in the case of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured).

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What should I do with my vaccination card?

You should be given a small white card at your vaccination appointment with your name, date of birth, the name of the vaccine you received and the date it was given. If you receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, bring your card with you for the second vaccination.

You may need your vaccination card for certain trips or other activities. So keep it in a safe place. You can take a picture of it with your smartphone for your own records. Experts say posting a photo of your card on social media might get you into it prone to identity theft. If you lose or haven’t received your card, contact your vaccination provider or local health department for a copy.

When can children be vaccinated?

Pfizer’s vaccine is approved for use in people 12 years and older; the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for use by people aged 18 and over. Both Pfizer and Moderna are researching how their vaccines work in children 6 months and older.

How protected am I after vaccination? I’ve heard of breakthrough infections.

All three vaccines reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections and are highly effective in preventing serious illness and death from disease. But no vaccine is 100 percent effective, and breakthrough infections have been reported, although they are rare.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation Breakthrough infections affect only 0.01 to 0.29 percent of people fully vaccinated in states that reported data. And data collected by the CDC show that on August 9th, around 0.005 percent of those fully vaccinated were hospitalized or died of COVID-19.

Should I still wear a mask after the vaccination?

It takes two weeks to build immunity after the single-dose shots and after the second dose of the two-dose shots. Due to the continued prevalence of the Delta variant, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask indoors in areas with high and significant COVID-19 transmission, including schools.

The CDC recommends that you continue to wear a mask on airplanes, buses, trains, and other forms of shared transit while traveling to, from, or within the United States.

This guide was updated on August 20th with more information on booster shots.

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