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Indiana health officials are developing the criteria they will use to decide who is entitled to receive a coronavirus vaccine when one becomes available.

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 11:32 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials are developing the criteria they will use to decide who is entitled to receive a coronavirus vaccine when one becomes available.

Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box expects the supply of doses will be extremely limited once the federal government approves a vaccine for widespread human use — possibly just 10 million or 15 million doses for the 330 million people living in the United States, she said last week.

If the vaccine is distributed to each state based on its share of the U.S. population, Indiana might receive only 300,000 doses initially for its 6.7 million residents, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

Box said the State Department of Health is preparing to identify which Hoosiers should get vaccine priority and who can continue following COVID-19 prevention practices — such as face mask wearing, social distancing and regular hand washing — until vaccine doses are more widely available.

“Indiana is using a team of experts to ethically look at, and medically look at, those individuals that should receive this immunization first here in the state of Indiana,” Box said.

Residents should be confident when a vaccine comes out that it meets all applicable federal and state health and safety standards for immunizations, Box said.

“I want you to know that the pharmaceutical companies that are engaged in producing the vaccines are committed to not rolling out a vaccine until they have fully vetted that vaccine,” Box said.

The drug companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are following the “highest standards for ethics, and highest standards for scientific principles, in developing these vaccines,” she said.

“I feel like the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA have at their heart the absolute desire to ethically present to us, and scientifically, the best vaccines that they possibly can,” Box said.

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Cases: 608519

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Hamilton29394315
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Johnson15069295
Porter14783169
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Warrick672999
Hancock6697104
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Grant5991115
Dubois555579
Boone551168
Morgan541295
Henry507864
Marshall503984
Cass483263
Dearborn479845
Noble473059
Jackson425047
Shelby417581
Lawrence391079
Clinton373043
Gibson370359
Harrison348144
DeKalb347164
Montgomery345754
Knox335639
Miami321444
Steuben313745
Whitley307326
Wabash303251
Adams300936
Ripley298445
Putnam296850
Huntington291659
Jasper289034
White273243
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Jefferson263338
Decatur247683
Fayette247148
Greene239862
Posey239328
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LaGrange228862
Scott225339
Clay222532
Randolph213548
Jennings198936
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Starke175443
Jay167623
Owen165737
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