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Educators added to eligible vaccine list

Educators added to eligible vaccine list Educators added to eligible vaccine list

Indiana educators up to grade 12 and other school support staff, along with anyone 45 and older, can now sign up for a free COVID-19 vaccine at any Indiana vaccination clinic, the Indiana State Dept. of Health announced within the past week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eligible individuals include teachers and staff in pre-K through high school, child care centers, Head Start and Early Start programs, along with licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers. Classroom aides, bus drivers, janitors, counselors, administration staff, cafeteria workers and substitute teachers also are eligible.

Appointment availability varies by site, so individuals seeking an earlier appointment may need to look at openings in nearby counties. If an individual already has an appointment scheduled but finds an earlier appointment, they are asked to call 211 to reschedule.

In addition to teachers, Hoosiers age 45 and older, along with health care workers, long-term care residents and first responders who are regularly called to the scene of an emergency to render medical assistance, are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Hoosiers with specific conditions, such as sickle cell disease or cancer, that put them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 also are eligible and will receive a unique link to schedule a vaccine once their health care provider submits their information to the state health department.

To find a complete list of those who are currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov.

To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or require assistance.

Vaccines also are available at Kroger and Meijer stores, but those must be scheduled through the retailers’ websites.

A total of 12,466 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 131 from the previous week. Another 410 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record; that’s down 17 from the number of clinical deaths previously reported.

In Harrison County, 67 persons have died from the virus, according to local health officials.

To date, 3,188,106 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 3,156,377 the previous week. A total of 8,483,858 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the ISDH since testing began. The number of positive cases increased by 5,220 since the previous week, bringing the total to 673,528.

In Harrison County, there have been 18,360 tests completed, up 213 from last week. Of those 4,102 were positive, an increase of 55 since last week.

As of Monday, 852,183 Hoosiers are fully vaccinated against COVID; that includes 5,845 Harrison Countians.

Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks past the second dose of Pfizer/Moderna vaccines or two weeks past a single dose of Johnson & Johnson. Health officials said there is growing evidence that vaccinated persons don’t spread COVID-19 but scientists are asking those who are considered fully vaccinated to use caution and good judgment while research continues to understand how long vaccine protection lasts.

The CDC advised fully vaccinated people to take the following precautions:

Wear a mask and socially distance around unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 or if an unvaccinated person has a household member at high risk.

Wear masks and physically distance when visiting unvaccinated people who are from multiple households.

Wear a well-fitting mask and maintain social distance in public.

Avoid large crowds.

Avoid poorly ventilated public spaces.

Wash hands frequently.

Get tested if COVID symptoms develop.

Follow CDC travel requirements and recommendations.

For the most up-to-date information about the virus in Indiana, visit the ISDH website, https://in.gov/coronavirus.

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