COVID-19 vaccine

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Nearly 400 Afghan evacuees arrived at Camp Atterbury over the weekend. 150 were expected to arrive Thursday, and another 100-plus are expected in the next four days.

They’ll spend the next few weeks getting processed at the base before outside organizations can begin work settling them across the U.S.

Part of that process has been making sure evacuees are up-to-date on their vaccines, since many are from rural areas of Afghanistan.

Camp officials recently completed a campaign to vaccinate over 6,100 evacuees against measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox.

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Last week, only one WVPE listener county — LaGrange — was in the “red” category, indicating unchecked community spread of the virus, on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map. But this week, LaGrange has been joined in the “red” once again by Fulton and Starke counties.

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Employers are waiting for details on President Joe Biden’s promised rule making employers with more than 100 workers require vaccinations or testing. Businesses and workers have questions on how Indiana’s government will respond when the rule comes.

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The University of Notre Dame is offering free football tickets to people receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Starting this week, anyone getting their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will get two complimentary tickets to a select Fighting Irish football game, while supplies last.

Individuals can choose between the 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6 game against Navy or the 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 game against Georgia Tech.

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Lawmakers score a major victory in their legal battle over emergency powers. Indiana announces a half-a-billion dollar grant program to stabilize the child care industry. And the state reports its fewest number of new COVID-19 cases in more than a month. 

Indiana Department of Health

Last week, four WVPE listener counties were in the “red” category on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map, which indicates unchecked community spread of the virus. But this week, only LaGrange County is still in the “red.”


Throughout the pandemic, experts have said the COVID-19 vaccines prevent serious illness and death, especially among people most vulnerable to COVID-19. Now, a new study estimates how many Indiana Medicare recipients avoided the hospital and premature death after getting vaccinated.  

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The Indiana Department of Health is sending a COVID-19 “strike team” to South Bend’s Four Winds Field this week. 

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Indiana surpasses more than 15,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. The state health commissioner urges pregnant Hoosiers to get vaccinated. And despite positive trends, health officials preach caution.

Indiana Department of Health

Four WVPE listener counties are now in the “red” category on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map, with Starke and Pulaski joining Fulton and LaGrange in that category, which indicates unchecked community spread of the virus, this week.


State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box is urging pregnant people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Box said she’s worried about the increasingly apparent harm the virus can pose to them and their babies.


The City of Martinsville is considering an ordinance that would ban COVID 19 vaccine mandates and mask mandates, but the mayor has doubts. 

Proponents say the ordinance would protect the personal liberties of Martinsville residents and visitors. 

"This would leave the choice up to the individual," said Ben Merida.  Merida is a city employee who proposed the ordinance.

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All South Bend Community School Corporation high schools will be hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics in October.

In a news release, the district said it is part of an effort to increase the number of vaccinated students, staff and family members.

The clinics will be offering first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and students under 18 will need a signed consent form to get the shot.

Dates and locations are:

·      Adams High School — Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 pm. to 6 p.m. Second doses will be administered on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

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Indiana’s COVID-19 cases are slowly declining as experts say the U.S. has hit its peak for the delta variant. The state is opening booster shots to certain groups of Hoosiers who received the Pfizer vaccine. And a new study out of the University of Notre Dame says Black and Brown communities saw disproportionately high non-COVID deaths in 2020. 

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday Pfizer booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine are now available for certain groups of Hoosiers. 

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Berrien County Interim Health Officer Courtney Davis says the county’s school mask mandate is working. 

The U.S. has secured more doses than the country’s COVID-19 vaccine needs. But around the world, millions of people have no access to vaccines in their home countries. And that makes some people travel thousands of miles to get a shot here in the U.S. — if they can afford it.

Indiana Department of Health

Almost all WVPE listener counties have maintained their color status from last week on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map. But LaGrange County has joined Fulton County in the “red,” indicating unchecked community spread of the virus.

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After an unpaid two-week suspension period, which ended Tuesday, 125 IU Health employees chose not to get vaccinated and left the organization, according to an IU Health spokesperson. 

The spokesperson said in an email that the 125 employees that left make up the equivalent of 61 fulltime workers. 

IU Health announced in June that it would require all doctors, nurses, and other employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 1.


All WVPE listener counties have maintained their color status from last week on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map, except for one. 

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The St. Joseph County Department of Health is holding a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic will be held at Real Services at 1151 South Michigan Street in South Bend

Each person getting a vaccine will get a $25 Walmart gift card and a free lunch from the Real Grille

Individuals may register in advance online by entering Zip code 46601 and selecting SJC Mobile Clinic Vax 3. Walk-ins are welcome.

Contact Jakob at or follow him on Twitter at @JakobLazzaro.

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Several major companies in Indiana including Eli Lilly, Anthem and Roche Diagnostics said they will require COVID-19 vaccines for their employees. But many other Hoosier businesses say the Biden administration’s proposed mandate to require vaccines or weekly testing goes too far. 

The history of vaccine laws and mandates

Sep 10, 2021
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Indiana has set some precedent when it comes to vaccine mandates, and the pandemic has many businesses and institutions scrambling to find the right balance. So, what are the laws when it comes to vaccines and mandates and how do they get decided?

Today we talk to an expert about vaccination laws and the history behind them. We also find out where consent comes into play with vaccines such as the rights of teens to get vaccinated without parental consent.

Produced by Mariam Sobh.


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Gov. Eric Holcomb signs a new COVID-19 executive order after conferring with hospitals. New student COVID-19 cases break another pandemic record. And Indiana surpasses 14,000 confirmed deaths. 

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Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait said Friday she expects the county’s rise in COVID-19 cases to continue for at least the next three weeks. 

According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, Elkhart County has a 7-day positivity rate of 8.6 percent, and recorded 236 cases per 100,000 residents over the last week. The county recently moved to the state’s “orange” category, which indicates high spread of the virus.


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The Indiana Department of Health added more than 5,000 new breakthrough COVID-19 cases to its dashboard Thursday.   


All IU Health inpatient elective surgeries and procedures will be suspended starting Sept. 6. This comes after last week’s announcement that half of elective procedures would be suspended starting Aug. 30. IU Health attributed the decision to surging COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases. The suspension will be extended as needed on a rolling basis for two-week periods.

Ninety-seven percent of IU Health’s more than 34,000 employees complied by Monday’s deadline with the hospital system’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, according to an IU Health spokesperson.

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Kids are finally back to in-person school, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt learning. Cases are on the rise due to the highly contagious delta variant, which has also increased the number of youth hospitalizations.

Despite the surge, the vaccination rate for eligible children remains low. And a new study shows that it may not increase.


Ahead of the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 6, the Indiana Department of Health will be offering COVID-19 tests and vaccines in Goshen. 

A spokeswoman for the Elkhart County Health Department says the clinic is in response to the county’s rising positivity rate and recent move to the state’s “orange” category, which indicates high community spread of the virus.


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State health officials plan for immunocompromised Hoosiers to access third doses of mRNA vaccines. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce launches a campaign to recognize workplaces leading the push to get Hoosiers vaccinated. And Indiana’s most recent surge hits 5,000 cases reported in a single day – for the first time since early January.