The COVID-19 vaccine is now available in Indiana. It's safe and free. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting https://ourshot.in.gov or by visiting retail pharmacy locations. Walk-ins are available, too.
Booster shots: The CDC recommends booster shots for the following groups of people who received their 2nd Pfizer shot at least 6 months ago:
• People age 65 years and older
• Residents age 18 years and older in long-term care settings
• People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions
Earlier this year, CICOA actively called eligible clients to assist with registration. Anyone needing assistance can call 211. A caregiver or loved one also may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible person.
Homebound individuals who are eligible for the vaccine can call 211 to request in-home vaccine appointments .
With COVID-19 in our communities, we are doing our part to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our communities safe, especially high-risk older adults and people with chronic medical conditions.
To protect those we serve as well as our employees, partners and families, CICOA is taking the following action:
- CICOA Offices: The office at 8440 Woodfield Crossing Blvd. in Indianapolis is open. All individuals are asked to wear a mask in the building, effective Monday, August 9.
- In-person meetings: In-person meetings for options counseling have resumed as of July 2021. Schedule an appointment online.
- Care Management: As of Oct. 1, 2021, the state of Indiana has approved that care managers may conduct either an annual or semi-annual assessment in-person while performing all other visits virtually. Clients have the option to decline an in-person visit due to their own safety or health concerns. Read more about how care management remains committed to clients' needs.
- Aging & Disability Resource Center:
- Our call center staff are still answering phones and able to help assess existing or anticipated long-term care needs.
- Our staff are connecting callers to resources for local food assistance, utilities, transportation, pharmaceuticals and home medical supplies.
- Read more about how the ADRC continues to answer the call.
- Caregiver Support: Our CareAware options counselors stand ready to assist those who could use some encouragement today. Caregivers across Central Indiana can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to talk.
- Home-delivered meals continue as normal.
- Congregate meal sites are reopening. Please check the Neighborhood Meals and Voucher Programs pages for location information.
- Without these meals, these seniors will be hungry. Can you help with this increased need? Your gift of $50 can feed a senior for a week.
- Read more about how the Meals & More service is adapting to feed seniors.
- Way2Go is still providing essential needs trips. For information about trip availability, call CICOA at (317) 803-6153 before contacting Southeastrans at 1-855-325-7586.
- Drivers are using disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizers and gloves to disinfect vehicles between rides. We also are practicing social distancing and have installed clear barriers behind the drivers.
- Read more about Way2Go's response to keep seniors safe with transportation needs.
- Volunteers needed: The need has never been greater for telephone reassurance. If you are willing to check in with our most vulnerable clients once or twice a week and offer conversation and companionship to those isolated by this crisis, please complete a volunteer application. Faith friendly visitors also are welcome to offer telephone support and prayer.
These actions have been taken in the best interest of preserving everyone's health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. As restrictions are lifted, we may adjust our plans, but our number one priority is to remain mobilized to help older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers with the vital support and services they need. As the situation changes, we will post updates on this web page.
Take Steps to Protect Yourself
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19.
Anyone age 12 and older may now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment or get a shot at a walk-in clinic. Vaccines are safe and free.
Wash Your Hands with Soap and Water Often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Close Contact
Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
Wear a Face Mask in Public
If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places. In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.
Avoid People Who May Be Sick
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
Clean and Disinfect Objects and Surfaces
Clean objects and surfaces with soap or detergent, and disinfect. Frequently touched surfaces include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, phones, faucets, sinks and toilets.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Wash your hands.
Have Medications on Hand
Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies. Have a list of medications ready.