COVID-19 vaccine

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State health officials are encouraging eligible Hoosiers to get a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. This additional dose is different from the booster shots recently announced by the Biden administration. 

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Following President Joe Biden’s announcement that nursing home workers will be required to get vaccinated, some fear it will cause staff to leave the already understaffed industry. According to the state's vaccine dashboard, only about half of Indiana’s long-term care workers are currently vaccinated.

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A new study by Indiana University and RAND Corp researchers says COVID-19 vaccinations prevented more than 139,000 U.S. deaths from the time they became available to early May. 

Sumedha Gupta is an associate professor in the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts and lead author of the study. She said researchers were able to come up with this number by comparing states vaccination rates. 

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Indiana’s breakthrough cases – COVID-19 infections in people who are fully vaccinated – are rising. But experts say while the increase in cases is concerning, it doesn’t show a lack of protection from vaccines. 

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As COVID-19 cases climb amid the rapidly spreading delta variant, overburdened health care workers and short-staffed hospitals are experiencing the effects of the latest surge.

In Indiana, statewide availability of intensive care unit beds and ventilators is not critical — especially compared to other states. However, some in the industry are warning statewide capacity data doesn’t reflect the true state of hospitals.

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Just more than half of eligible Hoosiers 12 and over are fully vaccinated so far. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Wellness Council of Indiana launched a campaign Monday to recognize employers that encourage their workers to get vaccinated.

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A Michiana hospital system urges a local school board to revisit its decision to make masks optional. Indiana is calling up National Guard members to help local health departments with COVID-19 testing. And the Indiana Department of Health reported more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday, crossing yet another milestone in its late summer surge.

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Classes at many Hoosier colleges, including Ball State University, begin on Monday.  Students and faculty will return to campus for a second academic year in a global health pandemic.

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The Elkhart County Health Department is once again urging all residents to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, as the delta variant drives a rapid increase in cases in the county.


Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait said Thursday the county’s positivity rate has nearly doubled in the last three weeks, from just over 5 percent to 9.4 percent.


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Indiana fully vaccinated its first person against COVID-19 on Jan. 18. That marked the beginning of a meteoric decline in cases. But, with 3,713 new cases reported Thursday, the state recorded its highest number of new cases since the beginning of the vaccine rollout.

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For the first time since February, there are no Indiana counties in the “blue” category — indicating low spread of the virus — on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map. Almost all WVPE listener counties remained in the “yellow” category, indicating moderate spread of the virus, but Fulton County has moved to the more serious “orange” category, which indicates high spread.

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With one week left before the start of Purdue University’s fall semester, the school reported Tuesday that roughly 75 percent of students, faculty, and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Universities across the state are taking stock of their vaccination numbers before classes begin.

While some Indiana universities have mandated the vaccine, Purdue chose instead to incentivize vaccination: entering students into a tuition lottery if they provided proof of vaccination, and subjecting anyone who doesn’t submit proof to regular COVID testing. 

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The Indiana Department of Health reports more than 300 COVID-19 cases early in the school year. The state surpasses 3 million fully vaccinated, as new cases surpass 3,000 in a day for the first time since January. Gov. Eric Holcomb maintains that he will not reimpose restrictions. 

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Indiana surpassed 3 million fully vaccinated Hoosiers Friday. The milestone comes as the state sees a slight uptick – a little less than double – in the weekly average of Hoosiers getting their initial shot. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has refused to block a plan by Indiana University to require students and employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Barrett's action Thursday comes in response to an emergency request from eight students, and it marks the first time the high court has weighed in on a vaccine mandate.

Some corporations, states and cities have adopted vaccine requirements for workers or even to dine indoors, and others are considering doing so.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb remains clear – he will not reimpose any statewide COVID-19 restrictions. That’s as the state and country are in the midst of a new wave of worsening COVID-19 conditions.

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For the first time since April, all WVPE listener counties are back in the “yellow” category, indicating moderate spread of the virus, on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map. Last week, St. Joseph, Marshall and Starke counties were still in the “blue” category, indicating low spread of the virus.

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COVID-19 is already disrupting the new school year for some students around the state, and it's creating challenges for schools hoping to keep kids in classrooms – especially in elementary grades. 

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Attorneys for the eight IU students suing over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent IU from enforcing the mandate during appeal of  the case. 

Upholding a lower court ruling, a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled earlier this week that IU could require students and employees to get vaccinated or face expulsion or termination. 

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The St. Joseph County Health Department is urging all county K-12 schools to implement universal indoor mask mandates. That follows Centers for Disease Control guidance recommending students, teachers, staff and visitors all wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.


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Indiana is in the midst of the sharpest spike of COVID-19 cases since the earliest days of the pandemic. But Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state is in “a different place” as he defends his decision not to reimpose any statewide COVID-19 restrictions.

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In his July 29 annual state of the city address, South Bend Mayor James Mueller made infrastructure investments a priority and announced plans for a revamped community center on the city’s west side.

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On Tuesday, Indiana surpassed 1,000 new coronavirus cases per day for the first time since May. Now, many WVPE listener counties have moved back into the “yellow” category, indicating moderate spread of the virus, on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map.

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Public health agencies and nonprofits in southwest Michigan have joined to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates across three counties. 

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Purdue University on Friday announced its first “Old Golden Ticket” recipient, who will receive a year’s free tuition to the university. 

In May, Purdue announced it would hold a tuition lottery for Purdue students who submit proof of vaccination.

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A new school year starts for many Hoosier students in the next two weeks, as COVID-19 cases are on the rise. With schools updating their safety plans and many children not eligible for a vaccine, one expert is recommending parents take extra precautions.

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Indiana is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases, and two WVPE listener counties have moved to the “yellow” category, indicating moderate spread of the virus, on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map.


Both Fulton and LaGrange counties are now in the “yellow,” with Fulton receiving an extra alert due to a large number of weekly cases being traced back to close proximity gatherings. All other WVPE listener counties remain in the “blue.”


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The Indiana Department of Health is hosting a free mobile vaccination clinic in Elkhart County next week. The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 22 and is located at a Winnebago facility, 201 14th Street in Middlebury.


They are offering both the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine and two-dose Pfizer vaccine.


City of Elkhart

The City of Elkhart is making the COVID-19 vaccine available in its departments and offering extra paid time off in an effort to get more city employees vaccinated.

(Read the full release from the city below.)

To increase immunization from the COVID virus and its variants, the City of Elkhart is making it easy and attractive for staff to get vaccinated.

In partnership with Heart City Health, beginning Monday, July 12, the vaccine will be available at various city departments to be easily accessible to staff members.

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Indiana is no longer requiring K-12 schools to implement any COVID-19 precautions or restrictions. State health officials say those decisions must now be made at the local level.