The State Department of Health says more than 250,000 Husseins aged 70 and over are scheduled to receive their first shot by Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS – The spread of vaccines in Indiana is currently booming.
The State Department of Health said more than 250,000 hussees aged 70 and over were scheduled to fire their first shot on Thursday.
But high demand creates delays and long waiting times for people trying to book an appointment online or by phone, calling 2-1
Of the seniors scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, more than half made an appointment on Wednesday, including Jerry Harris in Kokomo. The 75-year-old first tried to plan one on the state’s website.
“I went through the whole month of January, February, March and April and there were no dates available,” she said.
She then called the 2-1-1 hotline. She said she waited about an hour and 20 minutes just to be turned off.
Then I thought, “You can’t let this take you down.” I will try again later, but it waited almost an hour and I was stopped again, “she said.
After repeated attempts, her daughter finally found a meeting later that evening in Cass County for next week.
Harris is not the only one who has problems. 13News received numerous complaints about other hours of waiting on the phone or the inability to find open meetings.
On Thursday, many sites were still booked for a week or more. Some had no meetings at all.
“Our team looks at the numbers every day and sees where we have the biggest rise, which is almost 100 percent complete, and we make sure we’re aiming to add somewhere else or send an extra vaccine there,” said Dr. Lindsay Weaver. Indiana’s chief medical officer.
To avoid waiting, the state proposes to check availability in other counties, which may have more openings or call later in the evening, as mornings have a large volume of calls.
Most public health officials need patience as they try to balance the availability and demand for vaccines.
Nearly 160 vaccine sites are currently open in Indiana, at least one from each county.