Indiana expands eligible COVID-19 vaccine groups

Gov. Holcomb updates ongoing COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Updated: Mar. 3, 2021 at 2:33 PM EST
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INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday that Hoosiers ages 50 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is the second time this week Indiana has opened up vaccine eligibility to additional age groups. Indiana expanded the age groups eligible for vaccines to 55 and older on Tuesday.

Further expanding the eligible age groups depends on the amount of COVID-19 vaccines available, according to state health officials.

Once enough vaccine does arrive, Indiana will allow Hoosiers 40 and older to get the vaccine.

Opening the vaccine up to those 40 and older will make more than 50% of Indiana’s teachers eligible for the vaccine, officials said Wednesday.

A mobile COVID-19 vaccine site remains open in Dearborn County.

The site, located at 50 Walnut St, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, 47025, will operate from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.

You must have an appointment to get the vaccine at this site.

If you don’t meet Indiana’s vaccine eligibility guidelines or have an appointment, you will not be vaccinated.

For Indiana residents who are unable to leave their homes and are eligible for the vaccine, the state has a Homebound Hoosier program using the EMS network to administer vaccines in homes.

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

Residents of Franklin and Union counties should call 765-966-1795 or 800-589-1121.

[Click here for more information on Indiana’s vaccine program]

The Indiana State Department of Health reported nine new deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday.

No southeast Indiana county reported additional deaths.

Indiana has reported 12,200 deaths from the virus overall.

On Wednesday, the ISDH reported 786 new cases of COVID-19.

The state’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 663,511, according to the ISDH.

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

  • Dearborn County: Seven new cases (5,490 total)
  • Franklin County: One new case (1,595 total)
  • Ohio County: Two new cases (539 total)
  • Ripley County: Six new cases (3,277 total)
  • Switzerland County: One new case (755 total)
  • Union County: One new case (673 total)

Indiana’s seven-day positivity rate for all tests is 3.5%.

Gov. Holcomb said Indiana will not lift its mask mandate following the announcement some other states no longer require them.

“Good on them [Mississippi, Texas], they have great leaders, but I’m very Indiana-centric to get to the light at the end of the tunnel,” Gov. Holcomb said. “It will be over when it’s over.”

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