Frequently Asked Questions: What you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine
Who is eligible to receive the vaccine in Indiana?
The current phase of COVID-19 distribution includes:
- Hoosiers age 60 and older.
- Healthcare workers identified by the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH).
Who is eligible to receive the vaccine in Ohio?
Under the direction of the Ohio Department of Health, the state's COVID-19 vaccine distribution program is in phase 1b, which includes Ohioans age 65 ad older; those living with severe congenital, developmental or early-onset medical disorders; and adults who work in schools.
Phase 1a, which began Dec. 14, gave priority to healthcare workers and personnel; residents and staff at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, state psychiatric hospitals, Ohio veterans' homes and group homes; and EMS responders.
Phase 1b tentative dates to start vaccinating are:
- Jan. 19, 2021 - Ohioans 80 years of age and older
- Jan. 25, 2021 - Ohioans age 75 and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders as outlined above
- Feb. 1, 2021 - Ohioans age 70 and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models
- Feb. 8, 2021 - Ohioans age 65 and older
A new age group may become eligible for vaccination before the pervious age group's vaccinations are completed. It will take some time to distribute vaccine to all groups given the limited doses available.
When can others not currently eligible receive the vaccine?
Vaccine supply is limited. As the supply pipeline increases, a wider group of Hoosiers and Ohioans will become eligible to receive the vaccine. The timeline for additional phases of vaccine administration is yet to be determined. For updates, visit the IDOH website ourshot.in.gov or the ODH website at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Once eligible, what age groups can receive the vaccine?
The vaccine initially will only be approved for those age 16 and older, as it hasn’t been studied yet in young children or pregnant/breastfeeding women. Studies have shown that the vaccine is effective for those older than 65.
How much will the vaccine cost?
There will be no charge to the person receiving the vaccine. However, insurance information will be collected. Federal guidelines ensure that no one is charged out-of-pocket for the administration of the vaccine. There will be no co-pay and no charge to those who do not have insurance.
The vaccine is free, but insurance may be charged for the administration fee by the Department of Health in the state where the vaccine was administered.
PPG Statement for patients
At Parkview Physicians Group, we care about your health and would encourage our patients to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as they qualify to receive the vaccine. The vaccine is effective and safe. There are very few contraindications to receiving the vaccine and even those that have had COVID-19 should receive the vaccine. Severe reactions to the vaccine are very rare (about 11 per 1 million persons receiving the vaccine). Along with the CDC, PPG considers a history of the following to be a contraindication to vaccination with both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines:
- Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components
- Immediate allergic reaction of any severity to a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components (including polyethylene glycol [PEG])
- Immediate allergic reaction of any severity to polysorbate (due to potential cross-reactive hypersensitivity with the vaccine ingredient PEG)
- Monoclonal antibody infusion within the last 90 days
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups. Pregnant women may wish to discuss vaccination with their provider.
Vaccine eligibility in our region is set by state departments of health. For details and updates, visit coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine for Indiana and COVID-19 Vaccination Program (ohio.gov) for Ohio.
Parkview Health Vaccine Clinic
Parkview Health is one of several northeast Indiana health systems participating in the Indiana Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination program. The Parkview Health vaccine clinic is located at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research & Innovation.
The vaccination clinic at the Parkview Mirro Center is not open to individuals without appointment. We are unable to accommodate walk-in vaccinations.
Those eligible for vaccination must register for an appointment before arriving at the Parkview Mirro Center through the IDOH website ourshot.in.gov or by calling 2-1-1.
Family members will be allowed to make appointments on behalf of eligible seniors. The person receiving the vaccine must bring photo identification and their health insurance card (if they have one) to their appointment.
Eligible healthcare workers must also register for an appointment in advance through the link that was provided by the state, or their employer or professional organizations.
Parkview’s vaccine clinic is located at:
Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation
10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne 46845
The Mirro Center is located on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus. If you have an appointment for this location, please use the Diebold Road entrance located just north of Manchester College and park in the south parking lot in front of Mirro Center Entrance A. Enter through Entrance A.
Vaccination eligibility and locations are determined by the IDOH; Parkview does not make those determinations. The timeline for additional phases of vaccine administration is yet to be determined. For updates, visit the IDOH website: ourshot.in.gov.
If you are currently eligible for the vaccine and have questions specific to the Parkview vaccination clinic, call 1-877-651-0748 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For general questions related to the vaccine or registration in Indiana, call 2-1-1.
Find more information on COVID-19 vaccination on the Indiana Department of Health website or the Ohio Department of Health website.