Indiana coronavirus updates for June 30, 2022

The latest coronavirus pandemic updates for Thursday, June 30, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Thursday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Vaccine registrations are now open to all Hoosiers across the Indiana Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Riley Children’s Health offers COVID-19 vaccines

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

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 211.

Riley Doctors at IU Health West:

  • Monday and Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 1111 Ronald Reagan Drive, Avon

Riley Physicians at IU Health North:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 11700 N. Meridian Street, Carmel

Riley Doctors in East Washington

  • Tuesday and Friday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 9650 Washington St #245, Indianapolis

Riley Doctors at Methodist Medical Plaza South

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 8820 S Meridian St Suite 125, Indianapolis

Riley doctors in Georgetown

  • Tuesday and Friday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 4880 Century Plaza Rd Suite 250, Indianapolis

MCPHD offers the COVID vaccine for children 6 months to 4 years old

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

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

FDA panel recommends updating COVID booster shots to fight variants this fall

At least some U.S. adults could receive updated COVID-19 vaccines this fall, as government advisers voted on Tuesday that it was time to adjust booster doses to better match the newest virus variants.

Food and Drug Administration advisers have wondered how to change doses now when there’s no way to know how the rapidly mutating virus will evolve in the fall – especially since people who get the boosters recommended today remain strongly protected against the worst outcomes of COVID-19.

In the end, the FDA panel voted 19 to 2 for the COVID-19 boosters to contain a version of the super contagious omicron variant, to be ready for a recall campaign expected in the fall.

The FDA will have to decide on the exact recipe, but expect a combination shot that adds protection against omicron or some of its new relatives to the original vaccine.

It’s unclear who would be offered a modified booster – they might only be recommended for the elderly or those at high risk of contracting the virus. But the FDA should decide on the recipe change in a few days, and then Pfizer and Moderna will have to seek authorization for the properly updated doses, while health authorities agree on a fall strategy.

CDC map shows 4 southern Indiana counties at ‘high risk’ for COVID-19 spread

On Thursday, June 30, 2022, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, and Washington counties — all in southern Indiana — were listed on the CDC data card 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 rated as “medium” risk.

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

Latest US and Global Numbers

There had been more than 87.41 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 5:15 a.m. ET Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1.017 million recorded deaths in the United States

Worldwide, there have been over 546.39 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 6.33 million deaths and over 11.73 billion doses of vaccine administered.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older people and people with existing health conditions, it can lead to more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.

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

Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines in their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international vaccine targets had been met, researchers reported Thursday.

Researchers used data from 185 countries to estimate that vaccines averted 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 UK.

An additional 600,000 deaths would have been averted if the World Health Organization’s 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 averted – is based on estimates of how many more deaths than usual occurred during the period. Using only reported COVID-19 deaths, the same model yielded 14.4 million vaccine-prevented deaths.

Hoosier children and teens below national average for COVID-19 vaccines

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionthe percentage of vaccinated children ages 5 to 17 in Indiana is much lower than the rate across the country.

About 20% of Indiana children ages 5 to 11 are fully immunized, compared to about 30% nationally. For Hoosier children ages 12-17, about 43% are fully immunized, compared to about 60% nationally.

The White House offers 8 additional free COVID-19 tests to the public

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

The White House recently announced that American households can request that eight additional free home tests be shipped by the US Postal Service.

President Joe Biden pledged in January to make 1 billion tests available to the public for free, including 500 million through But only 350 million of the amount available for online ordering has been shipped so far to addresses across the continental United States, its territories and overseas military bases, the White House said.

People who are having trouble logging in or need help placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.

Round three brings the total number of free tests available to every US household to 16 since the program began earlier this year. Households were eligible to receive four tests during each of the previous two rounds of ordering through the website.

2nd COVID-19 reminder available for Hoosiers 50+

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the supplemental vaccine as an option, but did not urge eligible people to rush in and receive it immediately.

IDOH is advising vaccine providers to begin giving second boosters of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to eligible people.

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

You can find a vaccination point at or by calling Indiana 211 (866-211-9966). Appointments are recommended, but many sites accept walk-ins.

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