Indiana announces next eligible Hoosiers for COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Holcomb updates Indiana's COVID-19 vaccine rollout

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - The next group of Hoosiers eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine has been announced, but it’s unclear when Indiana will begin the next phase.

As of Tuesday, Indiana residents ages 65 and older can get the vaccine.

The next group of eligible Hoosiers will include those ages 60 and up, Indiana State Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver announced Wednesday.

From there, Indiana will make vaccines available to Hoosiers 50 and older. In this stage of the vaccine rollout, those who meet the criteria for five specific co-morbidities will also be eligible.

Here are the five conditions that will make certain Hoosiers eligible for the vaccine:

  • Active dialysis patients
  • Down syndrome
  • Post-solid organ transplant recipients
  • Sickle cell disease patients
  • People who are actively in treatment for cancer now or in the last three months, or with active primary lung cancer or active hematologic cancers; lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma

The date for when Indiana will expand vaccine eligibility past those 65 and older has not been determined though.

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Indiana COVID-19 Numbers

1,452 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed Wednesday by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Indiana’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 643,305, the ISDH reports.

Here is a breakdown of new and total cases for all Indiana counties in the FOX19 NOW viewing area:

  • Dearborn County: 12 new cases (5,234 total)
  • Franklin County: Two new cases (1,567 total)
  • Ohio County: One new case (515 total)
  • Ripley County: Four new cases (3,174 total)
  • Switzerland County: Two new cases (731 total)
  • Union County: One new case (653 total)

The ISDH reported 52 more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday. Ohio County and Ripley County each reported one additional death, according to the ISDH.

11,578 people in Indiana have died from the virus since March 16, 2020.

Indiana’s seven-day positivity rate for all tests is 6.2%.

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