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1M-plus Hoosiers get at least 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP): More than 1 million Indiana residents have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than half of those individuals are now fully vaccinated, state health officials said Monday.

Since late December, a total of 1,000,321 Hoosiers had received at least one vaccine dose, and 569,465 of them are fully vaccinated, the Indiana Department of Health said.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement that Indiana’s accomplishment in administering the COVID-19 vaccines “brings me indescribable hope.”

State Health Commissioner Kris Box encouraged any eligible Hoosier to sign up now at one of nearly 400 vaccine clinics around the state to get their first shot.

“The vaccine is a simple, safe, and effective way to protect yourself and those you love against COVID-19,” Box said in a statement. “It’s an easy process that only takes a few minutes, and it could be the difference of a lifetime for vulnerable Hoosiers.”

Indiana residents age 60 and older, health care workers, and first responders are among those currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

To schedule a vaccine, Hoosiers can visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a clinic location.

To date, 69 percent of Indiana residents age 80 and older, 70 percent of those ages 70 to 79 and 49 percent of Hoosiers ages 60 to 69 have scheduled a vaccine appointment or received their first dose.

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