INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced all Hoosiers, 16 and over, will soon be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
This will start on Wednesday, March 31.
Holcomb said the federal government told states they can expect a large shipment of the vaccine during the last week of March. He added the March 31 timeline is dependant on receiving that shipment.
The current restrictions will remain in place until April 5. After that, on April 6, the statewide mask mandate will become an advisory.
The advisory means businesses, along with state and local governments will have the power to enforce mandatory mask-wearing, but it is their choice and not state-mandated.
Holcomb said the public health emergency would be extended for 30 days. This will allow the governor to take quick action, and it also gives access to federal resources.
During Holcomb's Tuesday speech, he also talked about the 12,500 Indiana residents who have died from COVID-19 so far.