RSVP (RETIRED SENIOR & VOLUNTEER PROGRAM) VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Generations’ RSVP program has several volunteer opportunities available for individuals who are interested in helping with Indiana’s roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine. These opportunities range from making phone calls to actually volunteering at a vaccination site. If you would like to learn more about these volunteer opportunities and how you can help, contact Kim Fourman, RSVP director, at 812-888-5879 or by e-mail at kfourman@vinu.edu.

TAX COUNSELING FOR THE ELDERLY

Generations is once again providing Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) in Knox County. This program provides free assistance to low income, elderly and special needs taxpayers in filling out both the federal and state tax forms. Volunteers will be available to complete tax forms beginning Feb. 2. Due to COVID-19, the location has changed to Community United Methodist Church, 1548 S. Hart Street Road, Vincennes. This is an appointment only site. Please call 812-888-5880 to schedule your appointment or contact us by e-mail at generationstce@gmail.com. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a break at noon for lunch. For taxpayers who are not comfortable with a face-to-face appointment, drop-off appointments will be available. For the protection of our volunteers and other taxpayers, masks will be required by all. If you have a temperature (temperatures will be checked upon arrival) or are not feeling well, please don’t come to the site — we can reschedule. Items required at the time of appointments are: photo ID, Social Security card for yourself and dependents, all tax forms, a copy of last year’s taxes, property tax statement for homeowners, landlord’s name and address for renters and this year, we will need to verify if you received the first and second stimulus checks and the amounts received. For direct deposit of tax refunds, you will need your banks routing number and account number. The Knox County TCE coordinator is Linda Yochum.

HOOSIERS AGE 80 AND OLDER ARE NOW ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE COVID-19 VACCINE

Hoosiers age 80 and older have been selected to be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine because they are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The vaccine provides another level of protection to keep them and loved ones safe. Visit ourshot.in.gov to find a vaccination site near you. Please sign up!

Here are some facts you should know:

• The vaccine has received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA after completing three phases of testing involving 43,000 participants

• The Centers for Disease and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has reviewed the vaccine and recommends its use

• The Indiana Department of Health’s external advisory committee of experts has reviewed the clinical trial data and also approves its administration

• The vaccine is available at no cost

• It is a two-part vaccine, so you must get a second dose after the first dose after 21 days or 28 days, depending on the manufacturer

• Please continue to wear a mask, stay physically distant and wash your hands even after being fully vaccinated

• Based on clinical trials on thousands of people:

• The vaccine is at least 94% effective at preventing COVID-19 for all adults (including 65 and older), genders, and race and ethnicity demographics

• Few side effects were reported, but included headache (2%) and fatigue (4%)

• Study participants reached full effectiveness seven days

• Visit ourshot.in.gov to find a vaccination site near you. If an individual does not have access to a computer, call 211 to register.

information provided by Family and Social Services Administration

GENERATIONS MAGAZINE

Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or bhancock@vinu.edu.

Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.

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