Vaccine appointments open to Hoosiers ages 16 and older


This morning, COVID-19 vaccination appointments opened up to all Hoosiers age 16 and older.

To schedule an appointment, visit

Lin Montgomery, public health educator/coordinator for the Jackson County Health Department, offered some advice when scheduling appointments.

“I would get on there and look at all of the sites that the vaccine is available and take the quickest,” she said.

In Jackson County, COVID-19 vaccination sites can be found in Seymour at the health department at 801 W. Second St., Schneck Medical Center at 411 W. Tipton St. and the pharmacies at Walmart Supercenter at 1600 E. Tipton St. and JayC Foods Plus at 1541 E. Tipton St.

You cannot, however, visit a vaccination site to get an appointment as they must be made online, and the quickest site on which you can schedule an appointment might not even be in Jackson County.

If appointments aren’t available or aren’t at a convenient time for you, Montgomery recommends looking for a site outside Jackson County.

She said traveling to a vaccination site might turn into a nice trip.

“What an opportunity to go to the speedway and drive around the track,” she said, referencing the mass vaccination site located at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Booking appointments also helps the health department in providing more doses to the county.

“Going ahead and making those appointments full keeps us drawing down vaccines, then we get more,” she said.

The health department is administering the Moderna vaccine and occasionally receives the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, depending on how much the state supplies. Schneck is offering the Pfizer vaccine.

To offer the vaccine to a larger amount of people, the health department is planning mass vaccination clinics in April. These clinics will offer the two-dose Moderna vaccine and the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Since starting its vaccine rollout in January, the health department has vaccinated more than 4,000 people.

Montgomery praised volunteers helping the health department with the vaccine rollout but said more help is always welcome.

“We can always use more volunteers,” she said. “We’ve got some very dedicated folks always coming here when they can. I can’t complain.”

To sign up to be a volunteer with the health department, contact Montgomery at 812-522-6474.

On Tuesday, the state’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard reported 9,894 or 22.3% of 44,231 Jackson County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 7,093 or 16.0% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.

In Jackson County, 412 residents have received the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine.

Since Dec. 14, 1,630,152 Hoosiers have received their first dose, while 1,109,238 are fully vaccinated. There have been 58,889 Hoosiers who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The Indiana State Department of Health also announced Tuesday that 4,797 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of eight from Monday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 7.6%, a 0.7% increase from Sunday’s 6.9%, according to the department’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The rate is determined by a seven-day moving average with a six-day lag to give time to receive comprehensive results. The current positivity rate for the county would be for March 17 to 23.

Jackson County is classified as a level 1 county and is a yellow level threat.

No new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in Jackson County on Tuesday, leaving the county’s death toll at 67.

There have been 52,945 COVID tests administered to 18,187 individuals in the county since March 18, 2020, an increase of 93 from Monday’s total.

The latest results are as of 11:59 p.m. Monday. The coronavirus dashboard is updated at noon daily.

On Tuesday, 757 additional Hoosiers across the state were diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at the ISDH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories.

This brings the total number of Hoosiers known to have had the novel coronavirus to 685,453 following corrections to the previous day’s total.

The state’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 12,632 with 10 new deaths being reported Tuesday.

For the state, a total of 8,872,438 tests have been administered, an increase of 18,463 from Monday’s total.

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