INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box will host a virtual media briefing at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to provide updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Indiana.
Holcomb announced Hoosiers age 70 and older can now begin scheduling appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Previously, eligibility was only open to those 80 and older.
The announcement came a day after the Trump administration instructed states to speed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older and to others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that “the administration in the states has been too narrowly focused.”
Azar has announced two major changes. First, the Trump administration will no longer hold back required second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, practically doubling supply. Second, states should immediately start vaccinating other groups lower down the priority scale, including people age 65 and older, and younger people with certain health problems.
Nearly 220,000 Hoosiers have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 40,000 have received both doses and are fully vaccinated, according to the Indiana Department of Health.
Locally, the Vigo County Health Department took 60 appointments Tuesday, its first vaccine clinic since the state opened up online appointments for healthcare workers and seniors.
Appointments are already booked solid for Vigo County Health Department vaccination clinic. Appointments for other area clinics are available through the state website.