The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic from Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
INDIANAPOLIS — Here are Tuesday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.
Registrations for the vaccine are now open for Hoosiers 5 and older through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated during the day with more news about the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Latest US, world numbers
According to Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 47.22 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. More than 764,300 deaths have been recorded in the US
Worldwide, there are more than 253.88 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with more than 5.1 million deaths and more than 7.52 billion doses of vaccine administered worldwide.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and those with pre-existing health conditions, it can cause a more serious illness, such as pneumonia or death.
Counties still waiting for new supply of pediatric COVID-19 vaccine
On Monday, health officials in Madison and Boone counties said they are still waiting for more doses of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine.
Other Indiana central health departments have reported that the vaccine is running low or there are no problems.
Marion, Morgan, Putnam and Johnson counties said they are confident in their offer and have enough for everyone who qualifies. Hancock, Shelby and Hamilton counties have reported limited supply.
On Monday, Hamilton County received another shipment of pediatric vaccines, but is still asking families to make an appointment.
The Indiana State Department of Health has issued the following statement:
“The Indiana Department of Health received an initial allotment of 212,000 doses of pediatric vaccine. Those doses were assigned to counties and sites based on population. Some sites saw high demand and quickly fulfilled their allotments, requesting additional vaccines from the allotment “When we get these requests, we look at sites where vaccine uptake is lower and shift doses where possible. This is the same process we followed when the adult vaccines were initially rolled out.”
The shipments of pediatric vaccines came in waves, and the last doses of the state’s first allotment were received last week. In the future, providers will order their pediatric vaccines themselves and those doses will be shipped directly to them, not through IDOH.”
Austria orders nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated
The Austrian government has ordered a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people to curb rising coronavirus infections and deaths. The lockdown started at midnight on Sunday.
The measure prohibits unvaccinated people aged 12 and older from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as work, shopping, going for a walk or getting vaccinated. Authorities are concerned that hospital staff can no longer handle the growing influx of COVID-19 patients.
The lockdown will affect about 2 million people in the 8.9 million Alpine country and will initially last 10 days. Police patrols will be stepped up and people outside can have their vaccination status checked.