Indiana officials call on feds for more COVID-19 vaccine doses

When federal officials determine states’ allocations of vaccines each week, Indiana 'always seeks as many doses as possible,' state health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Wednesday. But Indiana has received several thousand fewer doses than many other states in recent weeks, she said.

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 10:00 AM
Updated: Mar 18, 2021 10:15 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana state leaders said they’re working to meet President Joe Biden’s directive to make all adults eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine by May 1, but blamed expansion delays on too few shots coming from the federal government.

When federal officials determine states’ allocations of vaccines each week, Indiana “always seeks as many doses as possible,” state health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Wednesday.

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But Indiana has received several thousand fewer doses than many other states in recent weeks, she said.

Last week, Indiana was fifth from the bottom for doses delivered per 100,000 residents. As of Tuesday, the state was ranked 35th.

Noting that Indiana is the 17th most populated state, Box said the disparity in vaccine allocation equates to “thousands” of missed shots for Hoosiers.

“We have said all along that the one thing that limits our ability to open vaccine eligibility more broadly is the amount of vaccine Indiana is receiving each week,” Box said, emphasizing that the state’s ability to expand vaccine eligibility further will depend on increased supply.

“Our goal is to get more shots in arms and Indiana, so we’re eager for the vaccine supply to increase substantially.”

Indiana health officials were reassured by the federal government that all states should begin to receive “large amounts of vaccine” by the last week of March and into April, Box said.

Once that happens, eligibility should open up for everyone in the state at that time, she continued.

Of the doses Indiana has received so far, more than 85% has been administered, which Box noted is above the national average of 80%.

“This demonstrates how quickly we are working to get vaccines, once received, into the arms of Hoosiers,” she said. “We have demonstrated repeatedly that we have the ability to get shots and arms quickly, equitably and safely. And we will continue to advocate for more doses for Hoosiers.”

As Indiana awaits further vaccine, Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’ll discuss next steps for the state’s rollout of shots and possible lifts on statewide restrictions in a statewide address Tuesday evening.

VACCINE ROLLOUT

More than 1.3 million Hoosiers have received their first dose of vaccine, an increase of nearly 147,000 from last week, Box said.

Around 870,000 people across Indiana are now fully vaccinated, which represents nearly 20% of the state’s population.

So far, 72% of Hoosiers aged 80 and older, and 75% of those aged 70 to 79, have scheduled or received a vaccine, Box said.

Those vaccination rates drop to 63% for those aged 60 to 69, and 43% for Hoosiers between the ages of 50 and 59.

In the first two days of eligibility, 23% of those aged 45 to 49 have also signed up to get vaccinated.

Since teachers and school staff became eligible to receive the vaccine at state sites on Monday, at least 20,000 have made an appointment.

Box said that number is likely higher, however, because some from this group may have already been vaccinated through the federal pharmacy program, or made appointments because they were eligible due to their age.

Nearly 145,000 first and second doses have also been administered to residents and staff in long term care facilities.

LATEST NUMBERS

The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported 919 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of Hoosiers known to have the virus up to 674,430.

Indiana has additionally recorded almost 12,900 confirmed or presumed coronavirus-related deaths over the past year.

The state Department of Health’s weekly tracking map updated Wednesday labels no counties in the highest-risk red category for the fifth week in a row. This week’s map also lists no counties in the next-riskiest orange category.

Twenty-seven counties remain in the moderate-risk yellow rating, and 65 counties are labeled in the lowest-risk blue category.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 730969

Reported Deaths: 13434
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1000031743
Lake53771970
Allen40668678
St. Joseph35733552
Hamilton35629408
Elkhart28577442
Tippecanoe22402219
Vanderburgh22310397
Porter18776308
Johnson17970379
Hendricks17244315
Clark12985191
Madison12673339
Vigo12449247
LaPorte11928211
Monroe11893170
Delaware10696186
Howard9924216
Kosciusko9410117
Hancock8284141
Bartholomew8070156
Warrick7784155
Floyd7669178
Grant7060174
Wayne7051199
Boone6700101
Morgan6576139
Dubois6156117
Marshall6050111
Dearborn581378
Cass5808105
Henry5720103
Noble561384
Jackson501773
Shelby491996
Lawrence4546120
Harrison435872
Gibson435492
DeKalb428485
Clinton427453
Montgomery424189
Whitley396139
Huntington391980
Steuben387857
Miami381866
Knox371990
Jasper366047
Putnam360760
Wabash354179
Adams341354
Ripley339770
Jefferson330981
White314354
Daviess297399
Wells291581
Decatur285492
Fayette280762
Greene278985
Posey271533
LaGrange266770
Scott266354
Clay260247
Randolph240781
Washington240732
Spencer232131
Jennings230149
Starke216654
Fountain212346
Sullivan211942
Owen200256
Fulton195440
Jay195130
Carroll189320
Orange183654
Perry183037
Rush173425
Vermillion169143
Franklin168135
Tipton162845
Parke146316
Blackford134932
Pike134334
Pulaski116845
Newton107834
Brown102141
Crawford99814
Benton98614
Martin89115
Warren82115
Switzerland7918
Union71010
Ohio56811
Unassigned0416

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1085733

Reported Deaths: 19441
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1261201400
Cuyahoga1124072120
Hamilton801491206
Montgomery515591014
Summit47292946
Lucas42275788
Butler38396584
Stark32412907
Lorain25046481
Warren24313300
Mahoning21629588
Lake20725369
Clermont19803238
Delaware18537133
Licking16436212
Fairfield16230200
Trumbull16082468
Medina15309264
Greene15099244
Clark14017299
Wood13113189
Portage12890203
Allen11675232
Richland11382199
Miami10686217
Wayne8843211
Columbiana8816229
Muskingum8815133
Pickaway8582121
Marion8539135
Tuscarawas8487244
Erie7917154
Hancock6929127
Ross6858155
Ashtabula6830170
Geauga6697148
Scioto6417101
Belmont5920167
Union571048
Lawrence5560102
Jefferson5544151
Huron5439119
Darke5364123
Sandusky5359121
Seneca5290121
Athens520058
Washington5160109
Auglaize491984
Mercer480885
Shelby470093
Knox4495110
Madison436661
Putnam4287100
Fulton423969
Ashland423189
Defiance421097
Crawford3978107
Brown395057
Logan382376
Preble379898
Clinton372963
Ottawa367479
Highland355662
Williams340275
Champaign333458
Guernsey316253
Jackson312652
Perry295350
Morrow285639
Fayette282250
Hardin271464
Henry269366
Coshocton265357
Holmes2611101
Van Wert243763
Adams238552
Pike237734
Gallia235949
Wyandot231555
Hocking215462
Carroll191647
Paulding173340
Meigs144940
Noble133337
Monroe132342
Harrison108537
Morgan108523
Vinton83515
Unassigned02
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