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.
IU Health workers protest vaccine requirement
IU Health workers and supporters gathered behind IU Fairbanks Hall Saturday to protest IU Health requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
IU Health is requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 1 or lose their job.
"You get the vaccine or you lose your ability to provide for your family. You lose your health care. That's not a choice. That's a threat. And that's backing us into a corner," said IU Health employee Traci Staley. "And many don't want to have to make that choice, but are at the point that they're willing to stand up for medical freedom."
Staley has worked for IU Health for six years in a position where she has no direct contact with patients. She started a Facebook group for workers opposed to the vaccine mandate. In a week, it has grown to more than 3,000 members.
State reports 12K more full vaccinations, 30 additional deaths
The Indiana State Department of Health reported another 12,064 Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Saturday morning. Indiana has administered 5,384,791 vaccine shots in total, with 2,662,482 individuals - or just under 40% of the total state population - are now fully vaccinated against the virus.
ISDH also shared that 336 more positive tests for COVID-19 have been reported to the state, along with 30 additional deaths that occurred between April 5 and Friday. Indiana has lost 13,324 people to the virus. Another 419 people died without testing positive for COVID-19 but presented symptoms when they died.
Marion County vaccination clinics Saturday
The Marion County Public Health Department is holding three COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Indianapolis today (June 12).
A pop-up clinic will be held at Arsenal Tech High School from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for 12- to 17-year-olds. Children will need consent from their parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. Family members over the age of 17 can also be vaccinated at the same time.
Those who receive the vaccine at one of the health department's school-based clinics will be entered to win a $250 Simon Malls gift card.
Participants are asked to enter the Arsenal Tech campus from Oriental Street and enter the West Gym through Door 3. The two-dose Pfizer vaccine will be administered at this clinic.
Another clinic will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the far east side as part of a health department partnership with Mt. Carmel Church and New Beginnings.
The clinic, for residents 18 years old and older, will offer the two-dose Moderna vaccine and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and will be held at 9503 E. 33rd Street in Indianapolis.
A third clinic, offering the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 3685 Commercial Drive on the west side of Indianapolis. This clinic is open to anyone age 12 and older, though children are only eligible to receive the Pfizer shot.
Consent from a parent or guardian is required.
Walk-ins are welcome at all three clinics.
Mobile vaccination clinics this week
Mobile vaccination clinics are planned on the following schedule this week:
June 9-12 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.);
La Porte County:
Pentecostal Temple Church of God and Christ
2722 Wabash St., Michigan City, IN 46360
Second Missionary Baptist Church
819 N. Apperson Way, Kokomo, IN 46901
717 W. 21st St., Connersville, IN 47331
June 9, 11 and 12 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.):
815 E. 60th St., Anderson, IN 46013
June 11-12 (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.):
Harrison County Fair
341 S. Capitol Ave., Corydon, IN 47112
Latest US, world numbers
There have been more than 33.43 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 7 a.m. ET Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 599,180 deaths in the U.S.
Worldwide, there have been more than 175.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 3.78 million deaths. More than 2.3 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.