Registrations for the vaccine are now open for Hoosiers 12 and older through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated over the course of the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal Court Ruling: Employers can require employees to get COVID vaccination
There is now new pressure on workers to get the COVID-19 vaccines—or else look for work elsewhere.
On Saturday, a federal court ruling upheld the right of private employers to require all of their employees to get the COVID-19 shots, just as employers have already been permitted to order employees to get flu shots and other vaccines.
The ruling in Texas is setting precedent nationwide, including in Georgia where two-thirds of the people are not fully vaccinated, and may not want the shots, ever.
As it is under the ruling, workers have no rights of refusal, at all, other than to prove they have a religious or medical exemption; or they can simply quit.
As COVID-19 cases wane, vaccine-lagging areas still see risk
New COVID-19 cases are declining across most of the country, even in some states with vaccine-hesitant populations. But almost all states bucking that trend have lower-than-average vaccination rates.
Case totals nationally have declined in a week from a seven-day average of nearly 21,000 on May 29 to around 14,000 on Saturday.
Experts said some states are seeing increased immunity because there were high rates of natural spread of the disease. But Dr. Leana Wen is concerned that the natural immunity of those who have been exposed to coronavirus may soon wane.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been more than 33.45 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 7 a.m. ET Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 599,670 deaths in the U.S.
Worldwide, there have been more than 175.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 3.79 million deaths. More than 2.31 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.
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.
Vaccination clinics this week around central Indiana
June 15-16 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.):
Mooresville High School
550 N. Indiana St.
Mooresville, IN 46158
June 15-17 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.):
Tippecanoe County Amphitheater
4449 State Road 43
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Reynolds parking lot
401 W. Second St.
Reynolds, IN 47980
June 16-19 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.):
Ivy Tech, Richmond
2357 Chester Blvd.
Richmond, IN 47374
June 16-19 (4 to 9 p.m.):
Jennings County Fair
4920 N. S.R. 3,
North Vernon, IN 47265