By Associated Press - Saturday, March 20, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana authorities are adding residents between the ages of 40 and 44 to those eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.

Indiana had previously limited eligibility to residents who are 45 and older. The state also made healthcare workers, long-term care residents, first responders and educators up to grade 12, along with other school workers such as classroom aides, bus drivers and cafeteria workers eligible.

The Indiana Department of Health said Saturday that the expanded age requirements will make 400,000 additional residents eligible to be vaccinated.

Appointments for those between the ages of 40 and 44 will become available starting Monday. State health authorities said slots will extend over the next several weeks to match with expected deliveries of more vaccine to Indiana.

Eligible Indiana residents can schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine by visiting or calling 211 if they do not have access to a computer, or require assistance.

State health officials said Friday that more than 900,000 Indiana residents have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The state’s pandemic death toll is nearing 13,000.

Those fully vaccinated represent individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the state agency said.

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