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Indiana Not Getting As Many COVID-19 Vaccine Doses As Most States

Justin Hicks
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IPB News

Indiana has begun to lag other states in getting people vaccinated for COVID-19 - and officials say that’s in part because the state isn’t getting as many doses.

Neighboring states have begun to open vaccine eligibility to all age groups. Indiana this week opened it to those age 45 and older. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said the state is working to open eligibility to all by May 1, the target date set by the Biden administration.

“Whether we have vaccine available to everyone who is eligible, though, depends on our supply of vaccine,” Box said.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only six states have received fewer doses per 100,000 people. Indiana is 17th in the country in population.

But Box said the federal government has indicated things should be looking up soon.

“We will all be receiving large amounts of vaccine by the last week of March and into April,” Box said.

Indiana’s population is about 6.7 million Hoosiers. Ohio has 11.7 million, Michigan has just shy of 10 million people, and Kentucky has about 4.5 million. 

The state remains nearly on par with its Midwest neighbors. As of March 16, 19.2 percent of Hoosiers have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose compared to 21 percent in Kentucky, 20.8 percent in Ohio, and 19.9 percent in Michigan.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’ll deliver a statewide address Tuesday, charting a path for the state out of the pandemic.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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