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Indiana Reaches 2 Million Fully Vaccinated Hoosiers, Still Lags Slightly In Midwest

Justin Hicks
IPB News

More than 2 million Hoosiers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a little more than four months into the state’s rollout. The Indiana Department of Health announced the milestone Wednesday.

Indiana continues to lag slightly behind our immediate neighbors – with IDOH reporting nearly 30 percent of all Hoosiers fully vaccinated.

That compares to 32.6 percent in Kentucky, 33.5 percent in Ohio, 33.3 percent in Michigan and 31.6 percent in Illinois – according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s important to note however, the CDC’s data for Indiana appears to delayed by a few days, while other states are more up-to-date.

There are seven counties that have fewer than 20 percent of their total population vaccinated. LaGrange County is the lowest, with only 14.6 percent of their total residents fully vaccinated. When adjusting population by those 16 and older, Newton is the lowest, with only 19.9 percent.

Health officials said last week they are working with the Indiana Rural Health Association to help improve vaccination rates.

Both Boone and Ohio counties have vaccinated more than 50 percent of their residents 16 and older. Six other counties have more than 45 percent of eligible residents vaccinated.

READ MORE: How Will Indiana Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines? Here's What You Need To Know

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Health officials asked state-run vaccination sites to accept walk-ins last week, though appointments are still preferred. To sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, go to OurShot.IN.gov or call 211. 

OurShot.IN.gov will redirect you to a map, which lists vaccination sites by county. Select the one closest to you (or your loved one). And then select “Click here to register.” Select what group best describes you, and then register for your vaccine.

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