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The Indiana Department of Health reported 201 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 11,947 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 6,000 new cases in the last week – the fewest weekly reported total since early October.

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Data from the Indiana State Department of Health reveals a lower proportion of Black Hoosiers have received the COVID-19 vaccine.  

While some experts attribute that to the greater proportion of white doctors, available data reveals Black and African American Hoosiers have received 4 percent of all COVID-19 vaccines despite making up one-tenth of Indiana’s population.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 345 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 11,746 confirmed deaths. The state also reported just more than 9,000 new cases in the last week – the fewest weekly reported total since early October.

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The latest update on the status of COVID-19 in South Bend and St. Joseph County had all leaders participating in a Friday briefing expressing cautious optimism.   

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Indiana is the only state in the region with no plans for when teachers will become widely eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but the state's health commissioner says a specific group of special educators should get their shots now. 

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Indiana announced Wednesday it would not be extending vaccine registration to the next age group – 60 and older – this week. But health officials outlined what the phase after that looks like. 

In Indiana Some Libraries Help With Vaccine Outreach

Feb 8, 2021

As the COVID vaccine rollout continues, Midwesterners have a lot of questions about distribution plans — and the vaccine itself. 

Noble County is mostly rural and sits in the northeast corner of Indiana. When local officials looked for vaccination sites, they sought a place that was centrally located and accessible.

Library director Sandy Petrie knew the perfect fit. 

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A pair of Elkhart County community organizations have partnered to promote the COVID-19 vaccine through social media.

Elkhart County Community Organizations Active in Disasters, or COAD, is a network of Elkhart-area organizations working to prevent and mitigate crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain is asking state health officials to immunize inmates from the coronavirus.

“If we do it while they are incarcerated, that’s one less person standing in line in front of you while you are waiting to get your vaccination,” Swain said.

Swain said there around 220 inmates in the Monroe County Jail.  He wants 50 or 60 vaccines that can be given to inmates 65 and older.  The Indiana Department of Health lowered the minimum age for Hoosiers to be eligible to get the vaccine to 65 on Monday.


ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area health care system says about 2,700 people were able to use an online scheduling vulnerability to register out-of-turn for COVID-19 vaccinations. Beaumont Health says it has determined a user publicly shared an unauthorized pathway for scheduling that allowed 2,700 people to “cut in line.” Beaumont is cancelling all the appointments that used the unauthorized pathway. Individuals who scheduled an appointment that way will be notified via email that their appointment has been cancelled.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 258 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 9,340 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 15,500 new cases in the last week – the fewest weekly reported total since late October.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 404 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 9,340 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 20,500 new cases in the last week – the smallest weekly total reported since Halloween.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — If Michigan could administer 50,000 coronavirus vaccine doses a day, it could hit its goal of inoculating 70% of people age 16 and older by August. At the current rate, about 29,000 per day, it would not finish until a year from now. The issue is limited supplies. It is something Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and health officials hope can be addressed as new President Joe Biden takes the helm. In the first six weeks of the monumental undertaking, Michigan has gotten 182,000 doses a week — 52% of what is needed to get 50,000 shots in arms per day. 


Mass vaccinations and clinical trials are converging and challenging researchers. 

Dr. Anna Lok is the assistant dean for clinical research at Michigan Medicine. The health system is part of two COVID-19 vaccine trials: AstraZeneca's, and Johnson & Johnson's.

Lok says the two trials recruited about 400 patients. Then the Pfizer vaccine became available. Then came the phone calls and emails.

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NEW: Friday evening the Elkhart County Health Dept. announced that all weekend plans for pop-up clinics have been canceled.  That impacts weekend plans aimed at vaccinating the Amish and it also impacts plans for next week's Tolson Center pop-up clinic vaccinations. 


The Elkhart County Health Department will operate a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Clinton Frame Church in Goshen on Saturday, Jan. 23. 

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At their weekly COVID-19 update, Berrien County health officials once again asked for patience as they work to vaccinate the nearly 40,000 county residents who are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

County Health Officer Nicki Britten said the county’s vaccine allotment is based 75 percent on its population of adults age 65 and older, and 25 percent on its population of essential workers. 



As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines unfolds in the U.S., numerous questions around distribution, supply, hesitancy and efficacy persist. The stakes are high, as numbers of deaths and cases break records. A panel of experts from Harvard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tackles questions about COVID-19 vaccination. Live coverage is expected to begin at noon. 

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The limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines is causing tension as states roll out plans for who should get shots first, and school advocates in Indiana are pressing for more access for teachers.

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The Trump administration’s failure to produce a national stockpile of the COVID-19 vaccine is preventing Indiana from moving its vaccine distribution plan further forward.


FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — A shipment of COVID-19 vaccines that arrived in a central Indiana county already thawed prompted officials to briefly offer the shots to people not yet eligible for the vaccine under state guidelines. The Johnson County Health Department and Johnson Memorial Hospital received 957 already thawed Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines last week. That vaccine can only be stored thawed for up to five days under U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance.

Shipment Of Moderna Vaccine To Michigan Spoiled

Jan 19, 2021

A delivery of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine to Michigan has gone bad. The state says 21 shipments got too cold and will need to be replaced. Six other shipments were delayed for inspection. McKesson, which distributes Moderna’s vaccine, is investigating the issue while it repackages new vaccines for the state. Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the situation is disappointing.

(Joey Mendolia/WFIU/WTIU)

UPDATE (Jan. 21): 

The Indiana Department of Health has cancelled the pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic that was supposed to take place in South Bend this weekend. 


St. Joseph County Health Officer Dr. Bob Einterz said state officials notified the county of the closure Wednesday night. 


Einterz said he wasn’t told why the clinic was cancelled, but he “wouldn’t be surprised” if it was because the state received fewer vaccine doses than it was expecting. 


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Berrien County Health Officials gave their weekly update on the county’s COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, Jan. 14.

Berrien County Health Officer Nicki Britten said after a period of decline, new daily cases have begun to creep up, and new hospitalizations have plateaued.


“It’s hard to say whether that means we’re on a true upward trajectory, but this is a really important reminder that these numbers are fragile,” Britten said.



The Berrien County Health Department and Spectrum Health Lakeland will partner to move forward with the next phase of Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination. Limited appointments are now available for those over age 65 and for certain groups of essential workers. 


Since the vaccine supply is still limited, the health department and Spectrum Lakeland will schedule appointments using cross-referenced waiting lists of people who have already expressed interest in getting the vaccine. 


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Elkhart County’s new health officer, Dr. Bethany Wait, said the health department’s vaccination effort for individuals age 80 and older is now underway.

Wait said the health department began administering its first doses on Monday, Jan. 11, and will have given over 250 shots by the end of the day Tuesday. 


She said depending on state guidelines and the county’s vaccine allotment, more groups could soon be eligible for the vaccine. 


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Before administering the COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare workers, first responders and individuals over age 80 this week, the St. Joseph County Health Department held a trial run for on Jan. 11.

Former South Bend Schools Superintendent Virginia Calvin was one of 10 community members who received a first dose of the vaccine on Monday. She said she didn’t sleep well the night before, anticipating a disorganized staff and a painful shot. 


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The high traffic on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination registration website has caused delays and crashes, according to state health officials. 

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School leaders in Indiana are making plans for their staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In some counties, initial doses have already become available for teachers, while others are still waiting without much information about when they'll get their shot.

(Joey Mendolia/WFIU/WTIU)

NEW:  Today the Indiana Dept. of Health has issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 vaccine registration:

"High interest in COVID-19 vaccines has caused slowdowns to the state’s vaccine registration site and 211 system, but both systems are working. Hoosiers age 80 and older who are now eligible are encouraged to continue to check the sites throughout the day.

Screenshot from Gov. Whitmer's news conference Jan. 6, 2021

Today Gov. Whitmer announced that as of Monday people over the age of 65 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.