June 18, 2021

Nearly Half Of Eligible Hoosiers Now Vaccinated For COVID-19

As of Friday, June 18 about 2.73 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Indiana Department of Health said. - FILE: Sarah Neal-Estes/WFYI

As of Friday, June 18 about 2.73 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Indiana Department of Health said.

FILE: Sarah Neal-Estes/WFYI

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly half of Indiana residents eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus despite a continuing drop in the number of Hoosiers getting the jab each day.

As of Friday, about 2.73 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Indiana Department of Health said. That represents 47 percent of the state's population eligible for the vaccine — those aged 12 and older, Indiana's COVID-19 vaccination dashboard shows.

Fully vaccinated individuals have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine.

Indiana's COVID-19 vaccination rate has continued to stagnate, with about 10,500 Hoosiers getting the vaccine each day, according to the state's seven-day average as of Thursday.

That is down from the state’s peak of more than 50,000 per day in early April.

Health officials have been trying to boost Indiana's daily vaccination rate by bringing mobile vaccine clinics to cities and towns across the state, including this week at the Jennings County Fair in the southern Indiana city of North Vernon.

As of Friday, Indiana's pandemic death toll stood at 13,766, including confirmed or presumed coronavirus-related deaths, the state health department said.

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