Governor Holcomb talks vaccine shortage

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says they need more doses of the coronavirus vaccine. At yesterday’s press conference Holcomb talked about the progress the state has made in vaccination efforts.

Holcomb says the coronavirus positivity rate is decreasing. However, even with the progress, he decided to extend the latest executive order for another week while health officials digest the last COVID-19 numbers.

As of yesterday morning, the state has given 470,000 doses to health care workers, first responders and eligible Hoosiers.

We learned on Thursday as well, that the state cannot extend vaccines to the next eligible group – Hoosiers 65 and older. The ISDH says that it is due to a lack of stock from the federal government.

Yesterday, President Joe Biden announced a dramatic ramp-up in vaccination rollout. He has also invoked the Defense Production Act.  President Biden says his national strategy to control COVID starts with 100,000,000 shots in 100 days.

While Indiana’s coronavirus restrictions will remain as they are for at least another week. Governor Eric Holcomb also announced on Thursday that he has extended the state’s emergency order for another seven days.  Indiana’s coronavirus numbers have been falling for weeks.
The state’s seven-day positive rate was 10.8% yesterday, but the governor says it is too early to tell if the numbers will continue to fall.

The governor says he’ll decide the next step next week.

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