HOOSIERS 70 AND OLDER ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR COVID-19 VACCINE
INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers age 70 and older can now begin scheduling appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting https://ourshot.in.gov. Those needing assistance with registration can call 211 or one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging. A caregiver or loved one also may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

The following is from the Indiana State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

HOOSIERS AGE 80 AND OLDER CAN REGISTER FOR COVID-19 VACCINE

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Health today announced that Hoosiers age 80 and older will be eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine beginning Friday, Jan. 8.

Individuals age 80 and older account for less than 4 percent of the state’s population but represent more than 19 percent of the hospitalizations and more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in the state, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, said vaccine supplies are still limited. Indiana has received just over 350,000 doses of vaccine to date and is scheduled to receive about 78,000 vaccines per week at this time.

“By opening vaccine to those who are 80 or older, then adding people in their 70s and 60s when vaccine supplies allow us to expand, we can best protect the populations that account for 93 percent of our COVID-19 deaths,” Box said.

Hoosiers age 80 and older can register beginning at 9 a.m. Friday by going to ourshot.in.gov, searching for a nearby vaccine clinic and selecting an appointment time. Appointments may also be made by calling 211. A caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

At least one vaccine clinic will be located in each Indiana county.

Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered.

Due to the large call volume, please continue to follow our FMSB website, www.IndividualCareforYou.com, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Family-Medicine-of-South-Bend
and email blasts for further updates.

Due to the weather, Family Medicine will not be having anymore drive up flu clinics on Saturday. We still have plenty of flu vaccines available so please call to schedule a nurse visit to get your flu vaccine. We will not be doing walk-in flu shots. Family Medicine is currently not seeing patients in the office on Saturday; however, the office is open from 9:00 a.m. – noon for telephone calls and we are scheduling Telehealth visits for Saturday. Family Medicine is also still offering COVID-19 testing Monday-Friday. You must call to schedule an appointment at (574) 234-4016.

Family Medicine is now offering Covid-19 testing for our patients.  Please call the office to schedule your testing appointment.  We are testing Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. behind our building.  You must have an appointment to be tested.  Please call (574) 234-4016 for scheduling.

We know many of our patients do not want to come into the office for medication refills, follow up appointments on chronic conditions, etc. so Family Medicine of South Bend will now be offering Telehealth visits via Skype. Please call our office at (574) 234-4016 to schedule your Telehealth visit. Please continue to visit our website at www.individualcareforyou.com for further updates. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

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Whether it’s a routine checkup or emergency surgery, you shouldn’t have to worry about how to get the best medical care. That’s why we’re pleased to accept the CareCredit healthcare credit card. CareCredit lets you say “yes” to recommend treatment and pay for it in convenient monthly payments that fit your budget.

CareCredit is the healthcare credit card designed exclusively for healthcare services with special financing options.* With CareCredit, you can use your card for all of your follow-up care as well as annual checkups.

Learn more by visiting www.carecredit.com or contacting our office. Ready to apply? Apply Online for your CareCredit card today.

*Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. Ask us for details.

Family Medicine is excited to announce that Dr. Zachary A.-F. Kistka will be joining Family Medicine on February 4, 2019.  Dr. Kistka is an Endocrinologist and has been in practice since 2013.  Dr. Kistka will be accepting new patients by referral only.

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All prescriptions are handled during working hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please allow 48 hours for processing. If a written prescription is needed, call before coming to the office.

Dr. Kari Sears has been awarded Teacher of the Year in Family Medicine for the Residency program at Memorial Hospital/Beacon Health. Congratulations!