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Groups Currently Eligible For Vaccination At Any Site - Updated 3/31/21


  • Any Hoosier who is age 16 or older is now eligible for vaccination*;
  • Healthcare Personnel;
  • First Responders;

*Only the Pfizer Vaccine is approved for 16 and 17 year olds. So if you are setting up an appointment for a 16 or 17 year old, please be sure to choose a vaccination location that offers the Pfizer vaccine.


  • Teachers and staff in pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 (pre-K–12 schools), Head Start and Early Start programs.
  • Licensed childcare providers, including center-based and family care providers;
  • Classroom aides, bus drivers, janitors and counselors;
  • Adminstration staff, cafeteria workers and subsitute teachers.

If you are eligible for vaccination, please note that pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will not be served.  GO HERE for information about vaccination locations in Porter County and to set up your appointment.

Not eligible yet? Did you know that you can sign up to receive an email and/or text message each time eligibility is expanded?  It is simple! Just GO HERE and follow the instructions. PLEASE BE SURE TO SELECT COVID ALERTS.

Specific groups of patients at highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19 who are identified by their healthcare provider are also eligible.

These individuals will receive a unique registration link by text or email, or may call 211 after receiving the notification:

  • Active dialysis patients
  • Sickle cell disease patients
  • Down syndrome
  • Post-solid organ transplant
  • People who are actively in treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) for cancer now or in the last three months, or with active primary lung cancer or active hematologic cancers (lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma)
  • Early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood:
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • People born with severe heart defects, requiring specialized medical care.
    • People with severe type 1 diabetes, who have been hospitalized in the past year.
    • Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders.
    • Epilepsy with continuing seizures, hydrocephaly, microcephaly and other severe neurologic disorders
    • People with severe asthma who have been hospitalized for this in the past year
    • Alpha and beta thalassemia
    • Spina bifida
    • Cerebral palsy
  • People who require supplemental oxygen and/or tracheostomy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, combined primary immunodeficiency disorder, HIV, daily use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, receiving tumor necrosis factor-alpha blocker or rituximab.
  • Intellectual and Developmentally Disabled individuals receiving home/community-based services. (Family and Social Services Administration will provide patient information for this community.)

Please contact your healthcare provider if you think you are eligible but haven’t yet received notification.

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