FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Nearly 40,000 Hoosiers have received their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both under emergency use authorization for COVID-19 purposes, require two doses.
During Governor Eric Holcomb's Tuesday afternoon press conference to update the state of Indiana on COVID-19, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver says workers are to discuss concerns of employment with their employers if they prefer not to get the vaccine, but she says their is no state or federal mandate enforcing vaccination.
Weaver also encouraged the vaccine's safety.
"I think you can look to those leaders in science and medicine," said Weaver. "And see that they truly believe in the safety and efficacy and all the people that went before them in the trials with very few severe adverse events."
Governor Holcomb encouraged Hoosiers to continue practicing COVID-19 health and safety protocol as Christmas approaches, in order to minimize the likelihood of a spike in positive cases.
He says he's extending his executive order over the next 90 days to allow some retired healthcare workers and even healthcare students to serve where they are needed, and allow members of the Indiana National Guard to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.