INDIANAPOLIS — Tuesday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana. Registrations for the vaccine are now open for select groups through Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated over the course of the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.
ISDH working on disruptions from Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause
The Indiana State Department of Health is working to minimize scheduled vaccine appointments after the FDA and CDC ordered a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after a handful of clotting issues.
ISDH is encouraging vaccination sites to use whatever Pfizer and Moderna vaccine they have to fulfill Johnson & Johnson appointments.
The Moderna vaccine is already being used to swap out with the J&J vaccine at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway mass vaccination clinic this week.
Anyone with a Johnson & Johnson appointment at another location in the next two days can call 211 to cancel their appointment and reschedule for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
John Boner Neighborhood Center vaccination registration canceled
The vaccination registration help desk at the John Boner Neighborhood Centers has been canceled for April 14. A release blamed scheduling issues and said the help desk will be rescheduled.
Johnson County Jail halts vaccinations after J&J vaccine 'pause'
The Johnson County Jail stopped offering the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine to inmates and staff on Tuesday after the U.S. recommended a “pause” of the single-shot vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.
The jail started vaccinating inmates on Monday after the jail went into lockdown on Sunday due to eight inmates testing positive for coronavirus. Johnson County Sheriff Duane Burgess said they were planning to offer the vaccine to any new inmates coming into the jail. However, on Tuesday federal officials recommended a "pause" on the vaccine.
When the news came out, Sheriff Burgess said the jail stopped vaccinations before they even started Tuesday morning. Now the jail is in a holding pattern for administering any more vaccines should an inmate change their mind or a new inmate come into the jail and want to be vaccinated.
Sheriff Burgess said they're waiting to see what happens with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. They're also waiting to hear from the state on how they want to handle vaccinations if the jail receives the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Both require two shots, which can get tricky if the inmate is transferred or released after getting the first shot.
The Indiana Department of Health announced Monday that 970 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. That brings the total to 700,775 Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus.
There are 970 new cases in the state.
To date, 12,762 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of sixteen from Monday.
As of Tuesday, a total of 3,451,895 vaccine doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 2,018,362 first doses and 1,433,533 individuals who are fully vaccinated.
There are 23,474 more Hoosiers who are fully vaccinated in Indiana.
The fully vaccinated number represents individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and those who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Hoosiers age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule an appointment, visit https://ourshot.in.gov or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or require assistance.
ISDH notifying all clinics to pause use of J&J vaccine
The Indiana Department of Health said Tuesday morning that is is "proactively notifying all vaccination clinics using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to pause its use following news reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for additional review of its safety."
ISDH said the state has not received official notification of a directive to pause but is doing so out of an abundance of caution.
"The health department will be sending the two-dose Moderna vaccine to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is conducting mass vaccination clinics today, so that Hoosiers can continue to get vaccinated without interruption. The department is also working with other clinics that were scheduled to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the immediate future," ISDH said in a release.
FDA, CDC pause Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after blood clotting cases
The U.S. is recommending a “pause” of the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.
In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts.
More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S.
U.S. federal distribution channels, including mass vaccination sites, will pause the use of the J&J shot, and states and other providers are expected to follow.
CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet Wednesday to discuss the cases and the FDA has also launched an investigation of the cases.
IMS vaccination clinic continues Tuesday
The green flag waves Tuesday on another vaccine clinic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Plans are to vaccinate 96,000 Hoosiers over 16 days.
The vaccines are by appointment only. Aside from a couple last minute cancellations, the schedule is full until April 25. The clinic runs through the end of April.
You have to be 18 or older to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at IMS.
You can register for an appointment at ourshot.in.gov.
Lucas Oil Stadium vaccination clinic
The Indianapolis Colts and Meijer are trying to get the word out that registration is still open for a vaccination clinic at Lucas Oil Stadium April 23 and 24.
The clinic is open to Hoosiers 18 and older and people will need to pre-register by 4 p.m. on April 19. No walkups will be allowed.
- Text “COLTS” to 75049 or visit Colts.com/vaccine. Registering is not the same as booking an appointment! Registering only means a person will be eligible to receive an invite to reserve an appointment. (Registration for this clinic is not available through coronavirus.in.gov.)
- Appointments are available at 5-minute increments. Once a time slot is filled, it no longer will display.
- Once registration closes April 19, all eligible recipients will receive a phone call or text message with a link to schedule an appointment. To ensure a place in line, registrants are encouraged to respond to this request as soon as possible.
- Appointments will not be available to schedule until April 20.
The clinic will administer 2,000 doses of Moderna vaccine each day.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been more than 31.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 5 a.m. ET Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 562,500 deaths in the U.S.
Worldwide, there have been more than 136.7 million confirmed cases with more than 2.94 million deaths and 77.8 million recoveries.
The actual number of people infected by the virus around the world is believed to be much higher — perhaps 10 times higher in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — given testing limitations and the many mild cases that have gone unreported or unrecognized.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness like pneumonia, or death.