Those under 18 may have to travel for vaccine

By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
cstephenson@dcherald.com

JASPER — Dubois County residents under 18 years of age may have to jump through a few more hoops to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine eligibility opened up to those aged 16 and older Wednesday morning. But as of right now, the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only approved for people aged 18 and up. This means 16- and 17-year-olds who can now receive the vaccine can only get the Pfizer vaccine.

Shawn Werner, administrative director for the Dubois County Health Department, said the department does not yet have any Pfizer vaccines but will be receiving shipments of the two other vaccines soon.

For 16- and 17-year-olds looking to register for a vaccine appointment, Werner recommends visiting ourshot.in.gov and making sure to note which vaccines each location carries or calling 211 for additional help.

“I’d like to say that the website won’t let you sign up for an appointment if you’re ineligible at a certain vaccination site but can’t guarantee it,” Werner said. “It’s controlled by the state, so we as a county can’t do much.”

Those under 18 will likely have to travel to another county that does carry Pfizer doses to receive a vaccine as of right now, Werner said.

As of Wednesday, more than 8,600 people were fully vaccinated in Dubois County, meaning they either received both doses of Pfizer and Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson. Additionally, 60% of those vaccinated in the county have been female and 40% have been male. Older age groups are substantially more likely to have been vaccinated as of Wednesday, but this should change as younger groups continue to sign up.

Those looking to register for an appointment can also go directly to vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov.




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