Vaccines for teachers

Concord South Side Elementary Principal Jennifer Loupee receives her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a clinic Tuesday at Concord High School. Administering the vaccination is Kaitlyn Hotz, pharmacist from Meijer Pharmacy.

ELKHART — More than 1,000 staff members from Elkhart, Concord and Baugo school districts received a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine Tuesday, one day before all Hoosiers 16 and older were scheduled to be eligible.

The Indiana Department of Health announced that more than 79,000 Hoosiers ages 30 to 39 had signed up for their free COVID-19 vaccination on Monday, the first day of eligibility for that age group.

Priority initially focused on older Hoosiers, along with health care workers, long-term care residents and first responders who are regularly called to the scene of an emergency to render medical assistance. Educators and school support staff through grade 12 were made eligible March 10.

Beginning Wednesday morning, any Indiana resident 16 and older will be eligible to schedule an appointment.

A vaccine shot can be scheduled at https://our shot.in.gov or by calling 211 if a resident does not have access to a computer or requires assistance.

As of Tuesday, a total of 2,739,390 doses had been administered in Indiana, state health officials said. This includes 1,630,152 first doses and 1,109,238 individuals who are fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated number represents individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and those who received the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Also on Tuesday, the Indiana Department of Health announced that 27 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Elkhart County, below the seven-day moving average of 39 cases. The seven-day positive test rate was 6.6 percent, higher than the statewide average of 3.7 percent.

One new COVID-related death was reported, bringing the total in the county to 428 since the pandemic began.

Testing sites around the state can be found at www.coronavirus.in.gov.

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fire111

Get em back in the classroom ASAP 5 days a week and through June at least! ECS wants huge increases of tax money. Show their worth!

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