Indiana begins to vaccinate Hoosiers ages 50 and older

ISDH reports 7 new local COVID-19 deaths; 17 new cases reported in Vanderburgh Co.

Indiana begins to vaccinate Hoosiers ages 50 and older

INDIANA (WFIE) - On Thursday, the Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 962 new coronavirus cases and 32 more deaths.

The total in Indiana now sits at 664,446 confirmed cases and 12,231 total deaths.

The state map shows three new deaths in Vanderburgh County, two new deaths in Gibson County and one new death in both Dubois and Perry Counties.

According to the state map, 17 new cases are in Vanderburgh County, nine are in Spencer County, eight are in Warrick County, four are in Pike County, there are three new cases in both Perry and Gibson counties, and two new cases in Dubois County.

Hoosiers ages 50 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 shot.

By lowering the age requirement to 50 years old, 412,000 more Hoosiers are now eligible to sign up for that all-important COVID-19 vaccine, and this includes Lori Mowery of Newburgh.

As soon as she was eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, 55-year-old Mowery says she immediately dialed 211 and asked to sign up.

“A representative there took all my information,” says Mowery. “I could have gone as early as that day.”

Due to her own schedule, however, she had to wait a few days.

On Thursday morning, she got her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Ascension St. Vincent, just one week after becoming eligible.

“It is going more quickly than I even anticipated,” says Mowery. “I thought I would not be in until around May, and here we are - just the first part of March, and I am already vaccinated.”

She says the shot gives her a little bit of hope, just three months into the new year.

“Just really relieved,” says Mowery, “and starting to feel safe again. Live in the now and not live in fear.”

Another group of recently added Hoosiers is teachers. Governor Holcomb announced Wednesday that teachers, regardless of age, can now sign up online to be immunized through Meijer, Walmart or Kroger.

On Thursday night, the Indiana State Teachers Association announced a new partnership with Meijer to provide vaccines to educators.

Employees can text “ISTA” to 75049 to register. Teachers can also click here to sign up for an appointment.

ISTA officials say they are working to create school-based clinics for areas that are not located near a Meijer store.

Indiana teachers now eligible for vaccine through Kroger, Meijer and Walmart

For the vaccine sites at Kroger and Walmart locations, teachers must sign up directly through the company’s website.

The closest Kroger location in Indiana is quite the distance away from our local counties.

On Walmart’s website, officials say this program is “not available in this area - yet.”

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.

The Dubois County Health Department is holding another mass vaccination clinic on March 13.

Click here for information.

Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana.

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 21,300 cases, 382 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 5,925 cases, 112 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 7,438 cases, 151 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 1,737 cases, 36 deaths
  • Posey Co. - 2,614 cases, 31 deaths
  • Gibson Co. - 4,020 cases, 83 deaths
  • Spencer Co. - 2,189 cases, 30 deaths
  • Pike Co. - 1,282 cases, 33 deaths

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