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COVID-19 Indiana briefing: Vaccine rollout expanded to more Hoosiers

INDIANA (Fort Wayne's NBC) - During Governor Eric Holcomb's weekly COVID-19 briefing, state health officials report more than 59,000 Hoosiers ages 70 to 79 have registered to receive the vaccine Wednesday.

Governor Holcomb began the briefing with thanking Hoosiers for staying patient during the ongoing vaccine rollout.

He went on to say that after opening the registration to Hoosiers 70 and older, health leaders are glad that the vaccine is getting into the arms that are the most at risk.

Dr. Kristina Box shared stories of Hoosiers who were thrilled to have signed up to receive the vaccine.

Who is the next group of Hoosiers to receive the vaccine? Ages 60 and older.

Health leaders say this is because out of all COVID-19 hospitalizations, 64.1% of Hoosiers are 60 and older.

At this time, health leaders are unsure when the state will receive more vaccines from the government.

Health leaders also touched on the new strain found in Indiana. Dr. Box says Hoosiers must not abandon our best practices since this strain is more contagious.

This includes continuing to wear your masks, social distancing and staying home when sick.

Any Hoosier who wants to be tested for COVID-19 can get a test at any state-sponsored OptumServe site, regardless of whether they are at high risk or have symptoms. 

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Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

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