The Indiana Dept. of Health has announced another lowering of the age of eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Monday Hoosiers who are 40 and older may sign up for the shot. 

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The Indiana Department of Health will hold a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Elkhart County Housing Authority next week.

State health officials announced earlier this week that mobile clinics would be headed to counties with limited access to the vaccine and high percentages of minority or vulnerable populations.



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana state leaders said they’re working to meet President Joe Biden’s directive to make all adults eligible to receive coronavirus vaccine by May 1. They blamed expansion delays on too few shots coming from the federal government. State health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Wednesday Indiana “always seeks as many doses as possible" when federal officials determine states’ allocations of vaccines each week. She says Indiana has received several thousand fewer doses than many other states in recent weeks.

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With signs of spring beginning to show in Southwest Michigan, Berrien County Health Officer Nicki Britten said the county’s new daily COVID-19 cases and percent positivity rate have crept up in recent weeks.

“None of these at this moment are causing significant alarm, but we do need to remain vigilant, especially as we’re getting towards the end of this,” Britten said.


Indiana Lowers Vaccine Eligibility Age To 45

Mar 16, 2021

Indiana has lowered the age of eligibility for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to 45. 

More Than 800K Hoosiers Now Fully Vaccinated For COVID-19

Mar 13, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say more than 800,000 Indiana residents have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Indiana Department of Health said Saturday that a total of 1,256,381 first doses of vaccine have been administered across Indiana, and 816,080 individuals are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That means about 12% of Indiana’s population is now fully vaccinated after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Veteran Health Indiana announced Thursday it will begin vaccinating Hoosier veterans at Veterans Affairs clinics across the state next week.

VA clinics in Bloomington, Indy West, Martinsville, Shelbyville, Terre Haute, Wakeman, and West Lafayette will offer the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. All Indiana veterans who are 18 or older and enrolled in VA health care are eligible for the shot.

(Courtesy of IU Health)

Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine was approved for emergency use late last month, but trials for a two-dose version of the vaccine are ongoing – including at the South Bend Clinic’s Center for Research.

The clinic first joined the Johnson & Johnson trial back in December. Dr. James Harris, director of the clinic’s research center, said now that the one-shot vaccine has been approved, researchers are testing the efficacy of a two-dose vaccine.


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A glitch in Indiana’s online vaccine registry is causing appointments at local clinics to go unfilled.

As of Thursday morning, the state registry showed several appointments available for Friday at the St. Hedwig Memorial clinic in South Bend. 


But, if you click the button that says “Find Next Available Appointment,” the site takes you to Thursday, March 18 – nearly week later than the actual next available appointment. 


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As of Wednesday, Hoosier educators became eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine through federal pharmacies, and some local school districts have already organized clinics for teachers and staff.

South Bend Community Schools Superintendent Todd Cummings says the school district partnered with the Meijer on Portage Road to offer over 1,100 shots to staff members at a clinic on Thursday.


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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb was jabbed with the COVID-19 vaccine shot as the state's first mass vaccination clinic opened Friday morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Holcomb sat wearing a face mask in the front passenger seat of an SUV while getting the shot in his right arm of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine being given during the drive-through clinic.

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President Joe Biden has opened up federal COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to K-12 teachers and child care workers, with many in Indiana already making plans to get their shot at federal pharmacy program sites.

(Courtesy of IU Health)

Hoosier K-12 teachers and child care workers can now get the COVID-19 vaccine through a federal program, outside of the state’s plan.


Michigan officials have announced that as of Monday some people over age 50 (based on certain conditions) will be eligible for the vaccine. On March 22, everyone age 50 and older will be eligible.

(You can read more about it in the release below.)

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Indiana opened registration beyond first responders and health care workers on Jan. 8, allowing Hoosiers 80 and older to schedule appointments for vaccines. On March 2, the state expanded that to Hoosiers 55 and older.

Biden Vows Enough Vaccine For All U.S. Adults By End Of May

Mar 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson's newly approved shot. The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose J&J vaccine and accelerate the nation's plans to reach "herd immunity" in the U.S. and begin restoring normalcy after the pandemic.

BREAKING NEWS: Indiana has just lowered the age at which Hoosiers are eligible for the 

COVID-19 vaccine to 55 and up.

BREAKING: Indiana Lowers Age Eligibility For COVID-19 Vaccine To 55

Mar 2, 2021


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say Indiana residents age 55 to 60 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It's the latest expansion of the state’s vaccine rollout. The Indiana Department of Health also announced Tuesday the opening of three mass vaccination sites through partnerships with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the University of Notre Dame and Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg. The clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday. To schedule a vaccine, Hoosiers can visit and select a location from one of nearly 400 clinics around the state.

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The CDC and FDA authorized the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use this weekend. Ahead of the vaccine's rollout, local health officials are encouraging residents to get a dose of any approved vaccine once they're eligible.

St. Joseph County health officials are announcing a major expansion in vaccine availability. 

 (You can read more in the release below.) 

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 195 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,142 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 6,000 new cases in the last week.

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At St. Joseph County and South Bend’s biweekly COVID-19 update Friday afternoon, South Bend Mayor James Mueller said officials feel that spring is on the way.


“It seems brighter, the weather’s warmer," Mueller said. "That’s both in terms of the actual weather, but also in terms of where we are in this pandemic.” 


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Berrien County health officials say they’re working to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine equitably throughout the county.

At the county's COVID-19 update on Thursday, County Health Officer Nicki Britten said both the health department and Spectrum Health Lakeland are working to form partnerships that will help get the vaccine to underserved populations.


Michigan Senate OKs $2B In Virus Aid, Targets Vaccine Distribution

Feb 25, 2021

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Senate have moved to stop the state from distributing additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to more vulnerable communities, saying race and socioeconomic status should not be factors.

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One of the only options for Indiana educators who otherwise aren't eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has been shut down as the state enforces previously unknown rules on standby list eligibility. 

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When the Indiana Department of Health opened vaccine eligibility to individuals age 60 and up on Tuesday, Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson said he signed up for his shot right away.

“I’m here, I am on it," he said. "I showed up day one, calling, ‘Can I get in?’”


Roberson said he wanted to get his shot publicly to help ease people’s fears about the vaccine. He said he understands vaccine hesitancy, especially in Black and Brown communities. But, he said protecting one other should be the community’s primary concern. 


Elkhart's Mayor Gets COVID-19 Vaccine

Feb 24, 2021
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Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson just got his COVID-19 vaccine today. WVPE's Gemma DiCarlo is covering this. Listen for her report on 88.1 WVPE this afternoon during 'All Things Considered.' She talked with Roberson about why he thinks all community members should get vaccinated



BREAKING: The Indiana Dept. of Health has announced another group of Hoosiers is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who are now 60 and older can register for the shot.


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The Berrien County Health Department will postpone all vaccine appointments scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23. Those appointments have been rescheduled for Monday, March 1.

(Read the full release from the health department below.)

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The St. Joseph County Health Department was able to keep its vaccination clinic open on Feb. 22, despite missing a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the state.

The delayed doses arrived Monday morning, along with word that the health department’s vaccine allotment is expected to increase soon. 

County Health Officer Dr. Bob Einterz said the health department was expecting a regular shipment of 2,500 doses on Friday, Feb. 12.