The state’s top doctors are frustrated because nearly half of the population who can get the vaccine have not done it. Now hospitals are having to put off some surgeries and procedures to take care of people who need hospitalization because of COVID-19.
“Forty-eight percent of our eligible population remains unvaccinated,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver, in an update from the state Dept. of Health, Friday. “That statistic allows the virus to continue to thrive and puts those who cannot yet be vaccinated at greatest risk.”
But, Weaver said there has been some improvement in the last week.
“We have noticed an increase in Hoosiers scheduling their vaccine,” she said. Weaver noted a ten percent increase in appointments.
Both Weaver and state Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said the state is having some trouble keeping up with the demand for testing. Box said that only ten percent of schools across the state reported being able to offer tests for students. The Dept. of Health is working to remedy that capacity issue.
Almost all of the new coronavirus activity is attributed to the Delta surge.
Weaver also said that guidance points to you getting a third dose of the vaccine, either Pfizer or Moderna, if you meet the following criteria: people undergoing treatment for cancer; recipients of solid organ or stem cell transplants; people with advanced or untreated HIV; and people who are taking certain medications that suppress the immune system.
Weaver also said you can expect information in the fall about a booster shot for anyone who has gotten the vaccine.
Both said the majority of people who have been hospitalized or who have died from COVID were not vaccinated.
Box said you are still going to be seeing large numbers of people testing positive for coronavirus for a while. She called this the darkest part of the pandemic.
“Unfortunately we have many more weeks of this high level of activity before we can expect this Delta surge to start declining.”