Indiana coronavirus updates for Sept. 29, 2021

The latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic from Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are Wednesday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Registrations for the vaccine are now open for Hoosiers 12 and older through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated over the course of the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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State health officials to provide update on COVID-19 Wednesday morning

State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, and Chief Medical Officer Lindsay Weaver, M.D., FACEP, will provide an update on COVID-19 and its impact in Indiana Wednesday morning.

The news conference is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. ET.

13News will stream the event on our website, Facebook page and mobile news app.

Latest US, world numbers

There have been more than 43.23 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 693,000 deaths recorded in the U.S.

Worldwide, there have been more than 232.78 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 4.76 million deaths. More than 6.15 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness like pneumonia, or death.

IndyGo hosting vaccine clinic Wednesday

IndyGo is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by giving away free access to the public transportation service for one month.

A vaccine clinic will be held at the Julia M. Carson Transit Center at 201 E. Washington St. Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Everyone who gets vaccinated will receive a free 31-day IndyGo paper pass at the clinic immediately following their vaccination. 

All three vaccines will be available, including the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for anyone 18 years and older, and the Pfizer vaccine for anyone 16 years and older.

IndyGo’s future headquarters at 9503 E. 33rd St. is still open for free vaccinations Tuesdays through Saturdays in partnership with the Marion County Public Health Department.

Pfizer vaccine for elementary-aged kids may not be available until November

Pfizer-BioNTech said Tuesday that the company has submitted initial data to the Food and Drug Administration to support using its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 but the shots may not be available until November. 

Pfizer said last week that a trial with 2,268 participants between the ages of 5 and 11 showed a lower dose of its two-dose vaccine led to coronavirus-fighting antibody levels for kids that was just as strong as teenagers and young adults.

Pfizer said that a formal submission to request Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for their COVID-19 vaccine for kindergartners and elementary school-aged kids is expected to happen “in the coming weeks.”

Once the company files its application, U.S. regulators and public health officials will review the evidence and consult with their advisory committees in public meetings to determine if the shots are safe and effective enough to recommend use.

That process may mean the shots may not be available until closer to Thanksgiving, according to a person familiar with the process but not authorized to discuss it publicly. But it is possible that, depending on how quickly the FDA acts, the shots could become available earlier in November, the person said.

As of Tuesday, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is only approved for people 12 and older. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that children make up more than a quarter of all COVID-19 cases reported across the country.

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