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Thrive West Central offers recourses for the COVID-19 vaccine

By Times Staff

In response to the state’s announcement that Hoosiers 70-and-over are
eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine, Thrive West Central’s Area 7
Agency on Aging Division is assisting the six-county region of West
Central Indiana, which includes Sullivan County, throughout the

To support the goal of vaccinating 90% of Indiana’s individuals 70
years of age and as a dedicated regional driver, Thrive West Central’s
AAA is serving as a partner in outreach and vaccine registration.
Services include registration, transportation, coordination for
homebound individuals through partnerships with EMS providers,
utilization of frequently asked questions from the FSSA/DA for further
education, scheduling, information and overall assistance.

“This process has been new and somewhat overwhelming for all. Our job
is to ensure the citizens of our region are taken care of and are
using the resources at hand to make this process as seamless as
possible,” states Ryan Keller, Executive Director of Thrive West

Individuals 70 years of age are encouraged to call 211 for the state
registration hotline or (812) 917-3145 for Thrive’s AAA registration
and information center. Online registration and vaccine information is
available at

To date, the AAA registration and information center has received a
high volume of calls. Individuals are encouraged to leave a message
with their name and call back number and speak slowly and clearly. A
representative from the department will reach out within 24 to 72
hours with a return call to begin the process. Only one voicemail per
individual is necessary as voicemails are checked consistently.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to drive resources
to our region,” states Keller. “Our team is well equipped and will
continue to support our citizens through all phases of the COVID-19
vaccination process and future age groups.”

If you or a loved one lives in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan,
Vermillion or Vigo counties, consider using the services offered.

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