ISDH drops max age for COVID vaccine to 50
In an effort to get more Hoosiers vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, the Indiana Dept. of Health last week dropped the minimum age first to 55 followed a couple of days later to 50.
This is in addition to long-term care residents, first responders, licensed and unlicensed health care workers and individuals with comorbidities, such as solid organ transplant, those receiving dialysis or have sickle cell disease or Down syndrome and persons with a cancer diagnosis, among other things. A complete list of those who are eligible can be found online at https://ourshot.in.gov.
To date, 1,154,141 Hoosiers have received their first vaccine, an increase of 139,490 since last week. An additional 137,228 Hoosiers are fully vaccinated against the virus, bringing that total to 724,587.
In Harrison County, 7,962 residents have been given the first vaccine, up 1,317 from last week, while 4,674 are fully vaccinated, an increase of 952 since the week prior.
The number of Harrison Countians who have died from the virus now stands at 69, according to the local health department. That includes two clinical deaths, meaning the persons likely had the virus but no tests were done to confirm.
In Indiana, an additional 143 persons died within the last week from the virus, bringing the total to 12,335. There have been 427 likely deaths, after an adjustment from last week’s total of 431.
The number of COVID tests performed for local residents reached 18,147, up 192 from last week, while the state number is at 8,274,948, an increase of 218,836.
Locally, the number of positive cases increased by 43, to 4,047, while throughout the state the number is at 668,308, up another 5,558 from the previous week.
The Indiana Dept. of Health has partnered with Ivy Tech Community College, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the University of Notre Dame to host three mass vaccination clinics to help eligible Hoosiers receive a free COVID-19 vaccine.
These mass vaccination clinics offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which received its emergency use authorization from the Federal Drug Administration on Saturday. The vaccine requires only one dose and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths in clinical trials involving nearly 44,000 participants from all races and ethnicities.
Advance registration, through https://ourshot.in.gov or by calling 1-866-211-9966, is required for these mass vaccination clinics. Proof of age and residency will be required.
Locally, Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg will have its drive-thru mass clinic Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.
Additional dates may be added to each of the three sites, depending on demand and vaccine availability.
In Harrison County, vaccinations continue to be administered, by appointment only, at First Capital Christian Church in Corydon.
Masks are required at all vaccine clinics.
All 92 Indiana counties now are either blue zones or yellow, including Harrison, the lowest of four categories with regard to positivity rate for the virus.
For up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Indiana, visit the ISDH website, https://in.gov/coronavirus.