Indiana vaccine providers urged to follow eligibility guidelines

Gov. Holcomb updates Indiana's vaccine rollout

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Indiana health officials had a stern warning for COVID-19 vaccine providers that are not following the state’s eligibility guidelines.

Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says providers not following proper guidelines are taking the vaccine away from those who are eligible.

Hoosiers ages 60 and older are currently eligible for the vaccine.

Since there isn’t enough of the vaccine to go around for everyone, she says it critical providers follow the guidelines to vaccinate those most at risk.

Providers found to not be following these guidelines will not receive additional first doses for a period of time, Dr. Box said. These providers will still get the second dose to administer to anyone who got the initial dose, she explained.

“We are not trying to be the vaccine police,” Dr. Box stated.

A mobile COVID-19 vaccine site will be coming to Dearborn County.

The mobile site will begin administering vaccines on Feb. 25. The site will be located at 50 Walnut St, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025.

The site will operate from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.

People wanting to get a vaccine at the mobile site in Dearborn County must have an appointment.

If the individual doesn’t meet Indiana’s vaccine eligibility guidelines or has an appointment, they will not be vaccinated.

[Click here to schedule a vaccine appointment online, or call 211]

For Hoosiers who are unable to leave their homes and are eligible for the vaccine, Indiana has started a program to help.

The Homebound Hoosier program will help by identifying residents, who are unable to leave their homes and use the EMS network to visit and administer vaccines.

Residents in Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties should call 812-432-6200, or 800-742-5001.

Franklin and Union County residents should call 765-966-1795, or 800-589-1121.

Indiana COVID-19 Numbers

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 1,019 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

Dr. Box says 16 of the UK variants have been reported in the state.

Indiana’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 658,043, the ISDH reports.

Union County reported zero new COVID-19 cases.

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

  • Dearborn County: 10 new cases (5,412 total)
  • Franklin County: One new case (1,584 total)
  • Ohio County: One new case (528 total)
  • Ripley County: One new case (3,252 total)
  • Switzerland County: Two new cases (752 total)
  • Union County: Zero new cases (668 total)

The ISDH reported 14 more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday. No southeast Indiana county reported additional deaths Wednesday.

12,039 people in Indiana have died from the virus since March 16, 2020.

Indiana’s seven-day positivity rate for all tests is 4.1%.

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