Now that Hoosiers as young as 16 are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the City of Fishers is striving for an 85 percent vaccination rate for residents.
Sixteen-year-olds became eligible April 10. Appointments can be scheduled at ourshot.in.gov. The city made the announcement in its most recent update.
Residents 16 and 17 are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. The recipient must be at least 16 at the time of being vaccinated. People 15 and younger are ineligible for any of the vaccines. The minimum age for receiving the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 18.
A parent or legal guardian must consent prior to a minor receiving a vaccination. Although a parent/guardian, is not required to be present when the vaccination is administered, it is recommended. If the parent or guardian can’t attend in person, written and/or verbal consent can be provided.
For assistance in scheduling a vaccination appointment, call the Fishers COVID-19 Hotline at 317-595-3211.
According to the update, the Fishers positivity rate ticked up the past week from 9.19 to 9.84, while Hamilton County rose from 7.2 to 8.4. The numbers indicate that COVID-19 is still spreading but at a much slower rate than during the winter months. Fishers Health Dept. officials call the positivity rate a “significant concern” but note that daily hospitalizations aren’t spiking.