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Indiana coronavirus updates for Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The latest updates in the coronavirus pandemic for Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are 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 all Hoosiers through the Indiana Department of Health. This story will be updated over the course of the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Riley Children's Health offering COVID-19 vaccines

Riley Children's Health has the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years old.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 211.

Riley Physicians at IU Health West: 

  • Mon. & Thurs. 5 p.m.-8:20 p.m.
    Saturdays 8 a.m.-11:20 a.m.

Riley Physicians at IU Health North:

  • Tues. & Wed. 5 p.m.-8:20 p.m.
    Saturdays 8 a.m.-11:20 a.m.

Riley Physicians at East Washington

  • Tues & Fri. 5 p.m.-8:20 p.m.
    Saturdays 8 a.m.-11:20 a.m.

Riley Physicians at Methodist Medical Plaza South

  • Wed. & Thurs. 5 p.m.-8:20 p.m.
    Saturdays 8 a.m.-11:20 a.m.

Riley Physicians at Georgetown

  • Tues. & Fri. 5 p.m.-8:20 p.m.
    Saturdays 8 a.m.-11:20 a.m.

MCPHD offering COVID vaccine for kids 6 months to 4 years old

The Marion County Public Health Department is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 6 months to 4 years old at its district health offices and ACTION Health Center.

To see the schedule for each location, click here. Vaccinations are by appointment only. Call the specific location to make an appointment, or call MCPHD's Immunization Program at 317-221-2122.

US grapples with whether to modify COVID vaccine for fall

U.S. health authorities are facing a critical decision: whether to offer new COVID-19 booster shots this fall that are modified to better match the latest changes of the shape-shifting coronavirus. 

Moderna and Pfizer say their candidates targeting the super-contagious omicron variant will be an improvement. But the original omicron already has been replaced by its even more contagious relatives, with no way to know what version will spread this fall and winter. 

Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration will debate a recipe change Tuesday, and regulators promise a quick final decision.

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CDC map shows 4 southern Indiana counties at 'high risk' of spreading COVID-19

On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison and Washington counties — all in southern Indiana — were listed on the CDC data map as having a "high" community risk of spreading COVID-19, while 15 other counties (Bartholomew, Blackford, Clark, Decatur, Dubois, Henry, Fountain, Jackson, Jennings, Knox, Lawrence, Orange, Pike, Shelby and Warrick) were listed as "medium" risks.

In states bordering Indiana, Cook County (Chicago) in Illinois was in the high risk category on Tuesday. The majority of counties in Illinois are listed as either medium or high risk.

Latest US, world numbers

There have been more than 87.09 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 4:45 a.m. ET Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1.016 million deaths recorded in the U.S.

Worldwide, there have been more than 544.49 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 6.33 million deaths and more than 11.65 billion vaccine doses administered.

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.

Censors delete discussion of Beijing's future COVID control

Online discussion was swirling in response to reported remarks of Beijing's party secretary. On Monday, Beijing’s Communist Party chief reportedly said that the capital city will normalize pandemic prevention controls over the course of the next five years. 

Digital censors quickly deleted the hashtag "the next five years" Monday. 

The remarks were part of a report on the party’s management of the city. The report reviews the past five years, while also announcing goals for the next five years. 

In Beijing, residents are required to hold a negative test from the past 72 hours to enter any public venue, including restaurants and offices.

COVID-19 vaccines saved nearly 20 million lives worldwide, scientists say

Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday.

The researchers used data from 185 countries to estimate that vaccines prevented 4.2 million COVID-19 deaths in India, 1.9 million in the United States, 1 million in Brazil, 631,000 in France and 507,000 in the United Kingdom.

An additional 600,000 deaths would have been prevented if the World Health Organization target of 40% vaccination coverage by the end of 2021 had been met, according to the study published Thursday in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.

The main finding — 19.8 million COVID-19 deaths were prevented — is based on estimates of how many more deaths than usual occurred during the time period. Using only reported COVID-19 deaths, the same model yielded 14.4 million deaths averted by vaccines.

Hoosier kids, teens below national average for COVID-19 vaccines

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of vaccinated kids ages 5-17 in Indiana falls well below the rate across the country.

About 20% of Indiana kids ages 5-11 are fully vaccinated, compared to about 30% nationwide. For Hoosier kids ages 12-17, about 43% are fully vaccinated, compared to about 60% nationwide.

White House offering additional 8 free COVID-19 tests to public

The government website for people to request free COVID-19 at-home tests from the U.S. government is now accepting a third round of orders.

The White House recently announced that U.S. households can request an additional eight free at-home tests to be shipped by the U.S. Postal Service.

President Joe Biden committed in January to making 1 billion tests available to the public free of charge, including 500 million available through covidtests.gov. But just 350 million of the amount available for ordering online have been shipped to date to addresses across the continental U.S., its territories and overseas military bases, the White House said.

People who have difficulty getting online or need help placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.

The third round brings to 16 the total number of free tests available to each U.S. household since the program started earlier this year. Households were eligible to receive four tests during each of two earlier rounds of ordering through the website.

2nd COVID-19 booster shot available to Hoosiers 50 and up

The Indiana Department of Health announced that Hoosiers age 50 and older, as well as those 12 and older with weakened immune systems, are now eligible to receive a second mRNA COVID-19 booster shot at least four months after their first booster dose.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the extra shot as an option but stopped short of urging that those eligible rush out and get it right away.

The IDOH is advising vaccine providers to begin administering second boosters of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to people who qualify.

The CDC also says adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago may now receive a second booster dose of either mRNA vaccine.

You can find a vaccine location at ourshot.in.gov or by calling Indiana 211 (866-211-9966). Appointments are recommended, but many sites do accept walk-ins.

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