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Hoosiers Age 12 and Older Now Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

As of Thursday at 8:00 a.m., children ages 12 and older became eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine throughout the Hoosier State.

Posted: May 12, 2021 1:30 PM
Updated: May 13, 2021 8:22 AM

Indiana health officials provided several updates on the Hoosier State's fight against COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver said Wednesday that as of 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, parents throughout the Hoosier State would be able to register any child age 12 or older for an appointment to receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Weaver also says that anyone 12 or older will also be able to walk into a Pfizer site with a parent or guardian without an appointment.

The news comes following the FDA's emergency use authorization of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 12 to 15.

At the local level, Hoosier hospitals like Deaconess and Ascension St. Vincent in Evansville had been making preparations ahead of Wednesday's announcement.

Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box also spoke during Wednesday's update. She says the state health department will begin tracking the number of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome cases, or "MIS-C" cases, as another way to determine the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine in the younger population.

"As we begin vaccinating 12 to 15-year-olds, we want to also include information about the number of cases that we're seeing of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children, or MIS-C," Dr. Box said. "This is a condition in which different parts of the body can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brains, and other organs."

According to Dr. Box, MIS-C is related to the inflammation that usually comes as a byproduct of exposure to COVID-19.

"We know that many children developing this condition had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID," Dr. Box explained.

She says that as of May 12, the Hoosier State has seen 89 total confirmed cases of MIS-C in people under the age of 20.

Dr. Box says a MIS-C tracking tool will be added to the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard in the coming days.

You can watch Wednesday's full COVID-19 update by clicking here.

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