Indiana coronavirus updates: Lawmakers take up vaccine limits amid COVID-19 surge
Latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Friday, December 17, 2021.
INDIANAPOLIS – Here are the latest updates from Friday on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccines and testing in Indiana.
Registration for the vaccine is now open for Hoosiers 5 and older through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indiana lawmakers take up vaccine limits amid COVID-19 surge
Some Indiana doctors and health experts warned that a Republican-backed proposal aimed at limiting COVID-19 vaccination requirements in the workplace would undermine efforts to stop the disease while state hospitals are subjected to the most. To see also : Indiana General Assembly to reconvene for one-day session after Thanksgiving. of patients in general.
However, they were largely outmatched by dozens of people during a legislative hearing Thursday on the bill who questioned the effectiveness and safety of COVID vaccines and filed complaints about government-mandated shutdowns and mask requirements.
The House committee hearing was held as Republicans aim to move quickly on the proposal once the legislative session begins on January 4.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been more than 50.51 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 3:30 a. To see also : How do you speak in Indianapolis?.m. Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 803,650 deaths have been recorded in the US.
Worldwide, there have been more than 272.96 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with more than 5.33 million deaths and more than 8.56 billion doses of vaccines 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 serious illnesses such as pneumonia or death.
Court rejects challenge of Ohio’s vaccination incentive lottery
The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit that challenged the state’s first vaccination incentive lottery as unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed by Robert Gargasz, a Northeast Ohio attorney representing people who are critical of Gov. To see also : Meeks heading to Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Mike DeWine’s early efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Gargasz argued that last spring’s Vax-a-Million lottery was not allowed because it spent public funds without legislative approval. The lawsuit also called the incentive discriminatory because only vaccinated people could participate.
The Supreme Court said Thursday that the group represented by Gargasz, Ohio Stands Up !, had no standing to sue in superior court.
Chicago firefighters ordered to comply with vaccine mandate
An arbitrator has ruled that several unions representing Chicago firefighters and other city employees must follow Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
The ruling issued Wednesday means that Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 and some other unions mean that union employees will lose pay if they do not receive their first vaccination by Dec. 31. They have until January 31 to get the second if they choose two-dose of vaccine.
The ruling does not apply to members of the Fraternal Order of Chicago Police, which has been embroiled in a bitter battle with the mayor over the mandate. A judge sent that dispute to arbitration, which is scheduled to begin on December 27.
December schedule for testing, vaccine sites in Marion County
The Marion County Public Health Department announced the December schedule for its COVID-19 vaccine clinics and testing sites.
The clinics will offer vaccines for people 12 years and older, pediatric doses for children 5 to 11 years old, and booster shots for adults 18 years and older who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months prior. Walk-ins are accepted and appointments can be made at ourhot.in.gov or by calling 211.
Note: all sites will be closed from December 23 to 25 and December 31.