COVID-19 in Indiana: More than 1M Hoosiers receive first dose of vaccine

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Health Monday announced that more than 1 million Hoosiers have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine since late December.

A total of 1,000,321 individuals have received at least one dose, and 569,465 are fully vaccinated.

“Getting 1 million vaccines in arms in just over two months is a game changer, and it brings me indescribable hope. I am incredibly proud of our Indiana Department of Health, and how they and our local partners have rolled out the ‘It’s Our Shot, Hoosiers’ vaccination plan,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said. “We are so fortunate that our health leaders had the foresight to build a centralized appointment system and companion 211 call center to schedule and vaccinate Hoosiers in an orderly, reliable manner.”

Currently, Hoosiers age 60 and older, along with healthcare workers, long-term care residents and first responders who are regularly called to the scene of an emergency to render medical assistance, are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule, visit https://ourshot.in.gov or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or require assistance.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, encouraged any eligible Hoosier to sign up now at one of nearly 400 vaccine clinics around the state.

“The vaccine is a simple, safe and effective way to protect yourself and those you love against COVID-19,” she said. “It’s an easy process that only takes a few minutes, and it could be the difference of a lifetime for vulnerable Hoosiers.”

To date, 69 percent of Hoosiers age 80 and older, 70 percent of those ages 70 to 79 and 49 percent of Hoosiers ages 60 to 69 have scheduled a vaccine appointment or received their first dose. Additional locations and appointments are being added as more vaccine becomes available.

The ISDH Monday also reported 555 newly confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the state total to 662,213.

A total of 12,162 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 20 from the previous day. Another 433 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record.    

To date, 3,120,195 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 3,117,201 on Sunday. A total of 8,035,726 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26, 2020.  

To find testing sites around the state, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.  

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