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More than 33,000 Hoosiers 80 and over register for COVID-19 vaccines

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Thousands of Hoosiers age 80 or older registered for free COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, according to Indiana State Department of Health officials.

ISDH says 33,500 Hoosiers registered for the vaccines before 11:30 a.m. Friday. More than 20,000 people scheduled their appointments in the first 90 minutes after registration opened.

Hoosiers who would like to register for the vaccine can do so online or by calling 211 or, for additional help, by contacting one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging.

Caregivers or family members of eligible seniors can also make a vaccination appointment on their behalf.

ISDH is asking Hoosiers to be patient as they may encounter wait times due to a high volume of scheduling.

There are 148 vaccine sites in Indiana, including nine in Marion County.