The Indiana Department of Health announced today/Tuesday that COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months up to age 5 are now available at some providers, expanding the population eligible to be protected against the disease. A news release said shipments will continue to arrive at participating locations this week. The Indiana health department online map has been updated to show sites that have indicated they will offer the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for this age group. Both received authorization from the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. State health officials also said initial sites will include private healthcare providers, local health departments and some hospitals and pharmacies.
Vaccines are currently available on a walk-in basis at most locations, or parents can contact their child’s healthcare provider to schedule an appointment if the provider is offering the vaccine. Due to staggered vaccine delivery dates, parents are encouraged to contact the provider before arriving to ensure the age-appropriate dose is available. The Indiana State Department of Health also said it is working to update its online registration system so that appointments for this age group can be made via www.ourshot.in.gov as soon as possible .