Visit arcind.org/covid-19-information-and-resources for information on the COVID vaccine and guidelines for fully vaccinated people.
People in the following categories can register for the COVID-19 vaccine through the state vaccine website vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov, and through CVS, Kroger, Meijer, Walmart, Walgreens or by calling 211. Please note that CVS, Kroger, Meijer, Walmart, and Walgreens vaccine locations can be found on the state vaccine website, but are scheduled through the retailers’ online platforms.
- Beginning March 31st, Indiana residents age 16+
- People age 30+ or within four months of their 30th birthday.
- Licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers, including Direct Support Professionals
- First responders
- People who have exposure to COVID-19 infectious material
- Teachers and other K-12 school staff
- Daycare Workers
Individuals age 16-18 will need to register at a location where the Pfizer vaccine is available as this is the only vaccine approved for this age group. The state registration website includes information on which vaccines are offered at each location. A parent or guardian must consent to the vaccine for those age 16 and 17. This will be included in the registration, which can be completed online. Teenagers will need to either have a parent or guardian present or bring a signed note from a parent or guardian. They will need to bring proof of age, such as a driver’s license, state ID, birth certificate or note from a doctor.
Vaccine for Home and Community Based Waiver Recipients
Individuals with disabilities over the age of 16 who receive home-and community-based Medicaid waiver services are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes individuals on the Family Support, Community Integration and Habilitation, and Aged & Disabled Waivers. Case Managers will enter their client’s information into an online form. This information will then be uploaded into the Indiana Department of Health vaccine portal. If an individual provided an email or cell phone number, they will receive a unique link that they can be used to schedule their appointment. Once they select the link, they will be able to see vaccine locations and appointments in their area. If an individual provides only a landline phone number, they will receive a letter with information on how to register. If your case manager has sent information to the Department of Health and you have not received a link in 4-5 days, try calling 211 and asking if your family member is listed in the Department of Health system as a HCBS recipient. If they are, a 211 agent can help get your family member registered.
Questions can be directed to DDRS, the Division of Aging, and of course The Arc of Indiana.
- Questions for individuals served by DDRS, please send questions to: BQIS.Help@fssa.IN.gov
- Questions for individuals served by the Division of Aging, please send questions to: Fssa.Dawaiverunit@fssa.in.gov
- Contact The Arc of Indiana at 317-977-2375 or 800-382-9100 and ask to speak with a family advocate regarding questions about the COVID-19Vaccine.
Vaccine for People with Comorbidities
The COVID-19 vaccine is also available to people over the age of 16 with certain conditions (comorbidities) that place them more at risk than others of becoming severely ill if infected with COVID-19. This includes:
- Down syndrome
- Active dialysis patients
- Sickle cell disease patients
- 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
- 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.
People in these categories can register via a unique link generated by the Indiana Department of Health after providers enter patient information into the IDH vaccine portal. The registration link may be texted, emailed and/or mailed to those who are eligible based on the information entered by the provider.
Vaccines for people with developmental disabilities living in residential programs are being coordinated by providers in partnership with Walgreens.
Self-Advocates of Indiana (SAI) informational video:
Let’s Talk About the COVID-19 Vaccine