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Indiana's online map now includes COVID-19 vaccine sites with new booster

A close up of a health care provider injecting a syringe containing the COVID-19 vaccine into a person's upper arm. The health care provider's blue-gloved hand is visible, with a band-aid on the glove, ready to be applied when the vaccine is administered.
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The bivalent COVID-19 booster, endorsed by the CDC Sept. 1, helps protect Hoosiers against both the omicron and delta strains of the virus.

Hoosiers can now find COVID-19 vaccine sites with the new booster on the state’s online map, found at OurShot.IN.gov.

The so-called bivalent booster, endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month, helps protect Hoosiers against both the omicron and delta strains of the virus. Previous boosters only covered COVID-19’s original strain.

In a statement, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said having a vaccine that specifically targets the current dominant strain of the virus is particularly important heading into the fall and winter, when diseases like COVID-19 are more prevalent.

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Hoosiers can’t yet schedule appointments for the new booster on the state's website. The Indiana Department of Health encourages them to either contact a pharmacy or health care provider directly or call 211 for assistance. Online scheduling is expected to be available later this month.

CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this story said Hoosiers can't yet schedule appointments for the new booster online. For the purpose of clarity, it has been changed to Hoosiers can't yet schedule appointments for the new booster on the state's website.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri.