Healthcare officials with Deaconess celebrated a big milestone on Monday as the organization administered its 100,000th total dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
51-year-old Lioba Kloppenburg, a chemist who works in Evansville, received the 100,000th dose of the vaccine from Deaconess on Monday at the Deaconess Downtown Vaccine Clinic. She says after being vaccinated, she's most excited to be able to visit her family overseas in Germany.
Kloppenburg is hopeful that her 16-year-old daughter will follow suit and receive her COVID-19 vaccine after March 31, when all Hoosiers age 16 and up become eligible to receive the vaccine.
Until then, all Hoosiers age 30-years-old and up are currently eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine, after the state health department expanded eligibility to those individuals on March 29.
Deaconess has come a long way in its vaccination efforts since it received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine in mid-December.
As of Monday, 1,088,141 individuals had been fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 in Indiana, with 42,305 of those individuals having been fully vaccinated in Vanderburgh County.
Deaconess says the vast majority of the 100,000 vaccine doses were administered in Indiana, but that count also includes doses of the vaccine administered at its Kentucky hospitals.