INDIANA (WFIE) - During Governor Eric Holcomb’s weekly coronavirus update, he announced that Hoosiers 50 and older are now eligible to register for their COVID-19 shots.
The FDA approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over the week. Shipments of this third vaccine, which requires only one dose, opened the door for even more people to be vaccinated
This expansion of eligibility makes the vaccine available to 412,000 more Hoosiers.
This week, Indiana received just under a quarter of a million vaccines between both Pfizer and Moderna, according to the state’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver.
The state also received just under 54,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Fewer than half of those will go to three mass immunization clinics elsewhere in the state. Weaver added the state has been told not to expect additional Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses for the next couple weeks.
“As with this week’s expansion, opening vaccine to more Hoosiers is solely dependent on the availability of vaccine,” Dr. Weaver said. “So our plans, apart from the mass vaccination clinics, will depend on the supply of Pfizer and Moderna.”
To schedule an appointment, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location.
Hoosiers who don’t have access to a computer or need help registering for an appointment can call 211.
Governor Holcomb says the state is learning new details about the Federal Pharmacy Program which would allow teachers of any age to be vaccinated.
“The federal government will fold in their doses, their appointment regiment and scheduling process at Meijer, at Kroger, at Walmart so that’s when you think about the Federal Pharmacy Program,” Gov. Holcomb said. “There are those options as well for teachers of all ages and personnel.”
Click here to find more information on the Federal Pharmacy Program.
You can watch Governor Holcomb’s Wednesday update below:
ISDH officials also revealed Wednesday that state guidelines will no longer restrict capacity inside bars and restaurants.
The following restrictions will be in place between March 1-31:
“All customers in restaurants, bars and nightclubs are required to be seated when receiving service. Individuals from non-household parties must be spaced six feet apart at tables, counters or other seating arrangements.”
On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 786 new coronavirus cases and 9 more deaths.
The total in Indiana now sits at 663,511 confirmed cases and 12,200 total deaths.
The weekly two-metric score shows Vanderburgh County has moved into the blue. There are now four local counties in the blue, which also include Gibson, Pike and Perry counties.
Being in the blue means that case and positivity rates are low. The color is determined by two metrics: number of weekly cases per 100,000 residents and seven-day positivity rate.
However, the advisory level shows Vanderburgh County is still in the yellow.
“We are still designated yellow, you have to be in the blue category for at least two weeks in a row,” Vanderburgh County Health Department Administrator Joe Gries said.
If the county remains blue next week, capacity at social gatherings jumps from 100 to 250 people and venues can open up to 100% capacity.
“Social distancing, mask wearing, things like that are still in place,” Gries said. “So it would be very difficult, I think, to have 100% capacity at a venue and still make sure that you can social distance.”
Until the governor makes adjustments to the current executive order, this is as open as Vanderburgh County can possibly get.
“That’s why we’re doing this,” Brian Spencer with Deaconess Health System said. “We’re trying to protect our community, keep people out of the hospital, keeping those from spreading it to people who are high risk.”
The blue distinction means community spread is minimal. However, health officials aren’t letting their guard down.
“This is a process,” Gries said. “As things open up more and more, and we can do more and more things, we still need to take those safety protocols serious. We need to wear a mask, social distance. And as things progress, hopefully the numbers stay good.”
There are now four local counties in the blue, which also include Gibson, Pike and Perry Counties. Those three counties are now in the blue advisory level.
The state map shows one new death in Pike County.
According to the state map, 22 new cases are in Vanderburgh County, eight new cases are in Warrick County, seven new cases are in Dubois County, four new cases are in Gibson County and there are two new cases in both Perry and Posey counties.
The Dubois County Health Department is holding another mass vaccination clinic on March 13.
Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana.
- Vanderburgh Co. - 21,283 cases, 379 deaths
- Dubois Co. - 5,923 cases, 111 deaths
- Warrick Co. - 7,430 cases, 151 deaths
- Perry Co. - 1,734 cases, 35 deaths
- Posey Co. - 2,614 cases, 31 deaths
- Gibson Co. - 4,017 cases, 81 deaths
- Spencer Co. - 2,180 cases, 30 deaths
- Pike Co. - 1,278 cases, 33 deaths