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Vaccination Implementation Plan

The Porter County Health Department (PCHD) is required to administer vaccines based on the directives of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). PCHD may not vary from the ISDH directives and may face a fine of $1 million per incident if there are violations of the directives.

In general, ISDH will follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee. ISDH has identified the potential number of persons in sub-groups of each priority group and will offer vaccinations to those sub-groups as vaccine doses become available. These sub-groups have been identified based upon allocation of limited resources and identified risk stratification by the CDC.

ISDH will notify persons in each sub-group when they become eligible for vaccination directly, through their employers or by public announcement and will provide those persons with a link to a vaccination registration website. When an eligible person registers, they will enter the zip code of their residence and be directed to the vaccination site that is geographically closest to them. The Porter County Health Department has provided an offsite location to serve as one of those vaccination sites. 

At this time, only the Moderna vaccine is being provided and the Porter County Health Department and is allocated based on the number of registrations scheduled each week that can ONLY be used for the sub-groups as directed by ISDH.

We ask for your patience during this time. ISDH is frequently modifying the vaccination priorities and schedules. The PCHD will update this information when notified by ISDH.

Updated January 13, 2020

ISDH Announces That Vaccinations Are Now Open For Ages 70 And Over


Online Registration Rev

Residents age 70 and older can self-register for a vaccine appointment.  

To register online go to the link below, then click on the red bar at the top of the page where it says "Click Here To Find A Vaccination Site And Register".


A friend or family member also can make an appointment on behalf of a qualifying individual. But the person registered will be required to provide photo identification before they will be given the COVID-19 immunization.

211 registration Rev

Residents age 70 and older who do not have internet access or are unable to register online can call 2-1-1 for an appointment and/or secure transportation. A friend or family member also can make an appointment on behalf of a qualifying individual. But, the person registered will be required to provide photo identification before they will be given the vaccine.


You will find the phases and current status of each phase below. This will be updated regularly as more information is provided. Please note that this information is subject to change as directed by ISDH.



Healthcare Personnel – Currently Eligible

  • Physicians, osteopathic physicians, primary care providers, rural health providers, OBGYNs, Pediatricians, surgeons, dermatologists, neurologists, cardiologists, ed physicians, anesthesiologists, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse midwives, emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, advanced EMT, paramedic, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapists, physical therapy assistant, respiratory care practitioners, speech pathologists, audiologists, certified direct entry midwives, certified nurse aides, home health aides, qualified medication assistants, direct support professionals, radiation therapists, radiology technicians, nuclear medicine technologists, limited radiographers, physicists, psychologists, acupuncturists, athletic trainer, chiropractors, dentists, dental hygienists, dietitians, massage therapists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy interns/students, podiatrists, genetic counselor, licensed social workers, clinical social workers, marriage & family therapists, mental health counselors, marriage and family associates, addiction counselors, clinical addiction counselor, mental health associate, addiction counselor associate, clinical addition counselor associate, applied behavioral analysis therapists, board certified behavior analysts, schools nurses, medical interpreters, higher ed students enrolled in a health profession program and receiving patient-facing clinical training (medical, nursing, etc.), local health department staff working at a COVID-19 testing sites or other patient-facing clinic, coroners, funeral directors.
  • Other staff in a healthcare facility who have direct contact with patients, such as: dietary, environmental services, administrators who have direct contact with patients, clergy who see patients in the healthcare setting, non-clinicians who assist in procedures, transportation staff, etc.
  • Facilities/Other Providers: Hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, FQHCs, inpatient, outpatient, provider office settings, in-home providers, maternal/infant home visitation programs,blood/plasma centers, birthing centers, home health agencies, hospice providers, palliative care providers, ambulatory surgical centers, community health clinics, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID), personal care service agencies, clinical laboratories, COVID-19 testing laboratories, community mental health centers

Long-term Care Facility Residents– Currently Eligible

Vaccinations for long-term care facilities wil be administered onsite at the facility by CVS/Walgreens personnel.

  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Residential care facilities
  • Independent living facilities
  • Group homes

First responders (full-time, part-time, reservists, volunteers) – Currently Eligible

  • Law Enforcement
    • Indiana State Police
    • Municipal/town police departments
    • College, university, school corporation, and hospital police agencies
    • County sheriff departments
    • DNR conservation officers
  • Fire departments (including volunteer)
  • Emergency Medical Services Agencies
  • Department of Correction


Age 70 and older – Eligible beginning 1/13/21

Other eligible groups will be added as more vaccine becomes available.