COVID-19 vaccine

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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.

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Steve Lyday spent most of April preparing what would’ve been Morgan County’s largest vaccination clinic.

It was scheduled at Paul Hadley Middle School in Mooresville, an area of the county officials have had trouble serving because of the tight controls on vaccine storage. The state provided 2,400 Moderna doses to be split between two mass clinics: one scheduled for last Saturday and a follow-up effort in May.

“1,200 – that's what we based our entire plan on,” said Lyday, the county’s public health and response coordinator. “And it didn't materialize.”

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The Indiana Department of Health is asking state vaccine providers to accept walk-in appointments for COVID-19 vaccines. That’s as demand has dropped off. 

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Indiana lags behind the national average for COVID-19 vaccines, with just less than 27 percent of the state’s total population fully vaccinated. When pointing to more rural zip codes, health officials said they’re working with the Indiana Rural Health Association to help improve vaccination rates. 

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Indiana is using its emergency alert system to urge people to visit its mass COVID-19 vaccination sites.

Hoosiers in central Indiana got the alert on their phones Tuesday that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway vaccine clinic is open to walk-ins through Thursday. And it’s offering both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

The Indiana Department of Health said it used a similar alert last week for its mass vaccination site in Gary and generated an increase in walk-ins.

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Pharmacists are often the first, and in some cases, the only health care providers in rural Indiana communities.

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Despite more than 1.4 million Hoosiers fully vaccinated, the state is seeing an increase in cases and hospitalizations. That’s because the state is in a race against more infectious variants. 

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday it is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after national guidance to do so. The state is working to supply vaccination sites with other vaccines. 

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Indiana House lawmakers debated a ban on so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports Monday.

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Noble County is now in the yellow for community spread of COVID-19, representing a slide backwards according to the state’s two-pronged metric.