Some educators in the Hoosier State are becoming increasingly frustrated with not knowing when they'll be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
All of Indiana's neighboring states have opened up vaccine eligibility to educators, leaving Hoosier teachers left behind.
In Kentucky, teachers became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as of Feb. 1, when the state moved into Phase 1B of its vaccine rollout.
As for educators in Illinois, Phase 1B of the state's plan also made them eligible to schedule their vaccine appointment.
7th Grade Teacher Josh Kinder says he doesn't see what makes Indiana any different.
"I'm not quite sure I’ve heard an argument for that difference," said Kinder. "What makes Indiana special in that case?"
Several educators right here in Indiana's portion of the Tri-State have pressured Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb for access to the vaccine, but as of now, to no avail.
"We are putting our own health and the health of our families at risk each day we walk into a school building full of children, and we do not have the option to stay home and away from work," a joint letter sent to Gov. Holcomb from educators in Gibson, Pike, Posey, and Vanderburgh counties said.
For now, any Hoosier who is 60-years-old or older is now eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment.
State health officials like Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box have said that it's rare for student infections to occur from exposure in the classroom when all parties are masked
Another main factor in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is its limited availability, which the state health department says forces a choice on who can get it and when.