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Vaccine Information and Planning

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COVID-19 Prevention

There are precautions you can take to prevent serious illness from COVID-19. Vaccination is the best way to build protection, and anyone age 6 months and older may receive the safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccine.

On April 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) streamlined current COVID-19 vaccine guidance by authorizing the current bivalent vaccines for all doses administered to individuals 6 months of age and older. Under the FDA’s recommendations, the monovalent vaccine no longer be authorized for use as a primary series dose or booster dose.

More information on staying up to date with COVID-19 is available here.

You can also help protect yourself and others by improving ventilation, following recommendations for what to do if you’ve been exposed and staying home if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Other measures to help prevent you from breathing in virus particles include wearing a mask or increasing the space from other people. Learn more on about how to protect yourself against infection.

The updated bivalent vaccine for people age 6 months and older are available at hundreds of sites listed on the COVID-19 Our Shot Map. Booster vaccine for the youngest age group continues to arrive in Indiana. To find a vaccination site for that age group, select "Sites Vaccinating 6mo - 5yr Olds" in the dropdown menu and check the site description. If you don't want to make an appointment, please call ahead as some sites allow walk-in appointments or call Indiana 211 (866-211-9966) for assistance.

Sites that offer vaccines to a pediatric age group are marked with a pin on the site map, with more details included on the site’s specific pop-up information. Zoom out on the map to expand your search.

Enter your ZIP code in the Indiana Department of Health’s (IDOH’s) registration system to find several vaccination locations near you. Scroll to see the site you selected on the map. The site’s information will include which vaccine is likely available at the site. You can click “Find Next Available Appointment” to get to the soonest date and time. If you don’t see the vaccination site you’re looking for, it’s possible that all appointments are full.

You may want to verify availability in advance by calling the site or contacting your healthcare provider. Schedule online or call Indiana 211 (866-211-9966) if you would like help making an appointment. All Indiana Department of Health mobile clinics allow walk-in appointments.

Get your vaccination certificate

If you’ve been vaccinated, connect with the Indiana Vaccination Portal to get your vaccination certificate using Access Indiana.
Click here then on the tile "Indiana Vaccination Portal"

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About the vaccine

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), and additional vaccines are being developed by other manufacturers. The EUA process has allowed for clinical trials and manufacturing to occur simultaneously, while still allowing for rigorous testing to determine how safe and effective it is.

Safety is top priority.
The first goal is to focus on the safety of the vaccine and determining how effective it is. Before any vaccine is released, it must first complete three phases of clinical trials to study its effect on thousands of diverse study participants. Once that study is done, the pharmaceutical company submits the results for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. FDA. This is a way to make important health breakthroughs available to the public quickly. 

The vaccine is then reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP is a federal advisory committee of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the U.S. public.

Vaccine is free. Your insurance may be billed an administration fee, but patients will not be charged.