As COVID surges, Indiana Hospital Association urges Hoosiers to get vaccinated

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The Indiana Hospital Association on Tuesday said the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is putting a strain on the health care system, and it pleaded with Hoosiers to get vaccinated.

“We urge all eligible Hoosiers who have not yet received a vaccine to do so immediately,” said IHA President Brian Tabor in a written statement. “Not only will it dramatically reduce your own risk of serious illness, you will be far less likely to take a hospital bed away from a family member, friend, or neighbor.”

The IHA—a trade association for more than 170 acute care, critical access, behavioral health and other specialized hospitals in Indiana—said IHA-member facilities are using “evidence-based criteria to prioritize and, when necessary, reschedule non-emergent procedures” because they are dealing with space limitations due to COVID-19 patients.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose from 1,462 on Sunday to 1,517 on Monday, the largest number since Feb. 3, according to the Indiana Department of Health. Hospitalizations have increased 288% since July 4.

Tabor said the situation could be avoided if people would just get vaccinated.

According to state health officials, 766 people were admitted to an Indiana hospital with COVID-19 in the first week of August. Of those, 758 were unvaccinated. The same week, 137 people with COVID-19 were admitted to the hospitals’ intensive care units. All of them were unvaccinated.

Since January, 98% of COVID-19 hospitalizations have occurred among unvaccinated patients, the IHA said.

Tabor said most hospitals are handling the situation, but things are getting worse.

“Hoosiers should feel confident that Indiana’s hospitals are managing through the current situation by collaborating with one another and the state of Indiana,” he said. “However, should the current trends continue, everyone in need of health care could be impacted. We can avoid this easily—please get vaccinated today and encourage your loved ones to do the same.”

About 45% of Indiana’s 16-and-over population isn’t fully vaccinated, according to the state health department.

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16 thoughts on “As COVID surges, Indiana Hospital Association urges Hoosiers to get vaccinated

  1. Thank you, IHA, for encouraging everyone to be vaccinated. I don’t know if this organization made pleas to get vaccinated before now, but better late than never.

    1. Trump could use a vaccine campaign to burnish his image if he’s serious about 2024 but he falls back on his usual M.O. – blame everyone else and tell the angry mob whatever they want to hear. Might be smart politics if you want to keep the donations rolling in but it’s not leadership, nor is it putting the country above yourself.


      “In poll after poll this year, self-identified Republicans have been out of step with the mainstream of Americans on a number of public health issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, from attitudes towards mask requirements, to vaccine hesitancy, to blatant anti-vaccine posturing”


      According to two of the sources who have spoken to Trump about this, he has occasionally referenced polling and other indicators—such as what he’s seen on TV—that show how the vaccines are unpopular with many of his supporters. This has left the impression with some of those close to Trump that he doesn’t want to push too hard on the subject, so as to not “piss off his base,” one of the two people said.

      At other times in recent months, Trump has simply said he doesn’t feel he needs to do any “favors” for Biden, given how much Biden is “destroying” the country—and that if Biden wants to ask him to do something, the sitting president is welcome to ask, the sources recounted.

      Although Trump has told unvaccinated supporters to get their coronavirus shots during a handful of public appearances—campaign-style rallies, fundraisers, media interviews—he’s also qualified his endorsement of the vaccines by emphasizing that the “freedoms” not to get it are important, too.

      Trump even released a written statement last month sympathizing with anti-vaxxers because, according to Trump, “people are refusing to take the Vaccine because they don’t trust [Biden’s] Administration, they don’t trust the Election results, and they certainly don’t trust the Fake News, which is refusing to tell the Truth.”

    2. From every thing I hear, read and talk to others I really think the vaccine hesitant at this point have concerns about the short term and long term safety. It’s not about left and right for them as they come from both sides politically. It will be interesting to see how many will get it after it’s approved, although I can see many saying they don’t trust the approval process. Theirs so much distrust of the establishment now and that’s not going away anytime soon. I think the Republican party needs a complete makeover and that will be a good thing if we have two viable political parties to keep things in check. I just don’t see Trump running again, but time will tell. Yes, he has his hardcore supporters, but many who liked his platform if you will are not going to jump on board again, however as we saw in the last election it was Trump vs anyone else and Biden didn’t even need to run much of a campaign so that’s how polarized we are right now. It may not matter who the candidates are.

    3. I get the establishment has issues. But have you seen the alternatives? They’re just another set of grifters, and they’re frequently racist or anti-Semitic to boot.

      Beginning to think publicly funded elections are the only way out of the situation. The ROI for campaign contributions is a better investment than even Bitcoin or the market.

  2. Lesley please make this article available to the public. 98% of hospitalizations since Jan. For COVID have been unvaccinated people. Best article I have read regarding getting the shot.

    1. Back with the misinformation?

      “More than 334 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through July 12, 2021,” the CDC said in a statement.

      “During this time, VAERS received 6,079 reports of death (0.0018%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine.”

      “FDA requires healthcare providers to report any death after COVID-19 vaccination to VAERS, even if it’s unclear whether the vaccine was the cause. Reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem.”

      Anyone is able to make a submission to the database. Cases are not fact-checked, making them scientifically unreliable.

      The CDC said statements that imply that deaths following vaccination equate to deaths caused by vaccination are, “scientifically inaccurate, misleading, and irresponsible.”

    2. It’s about time to sue Fox News and Facebook for prolonging the pandemic for profit. They could stop this nonsense in a business but it’s too profitable to do the right thing.

    3. Of course they said it is “scientifically inaccurate, misleading, and irresponsible.”

      Stop the hypocrisy…now do the deaths caused by COVID.

      The amount of people who died of cancer and heart disease and were double counted or oney counted as COVID to inflate the pandemic…also a scare tactic.

      Zero transparency and accountability.

      Pssst…I work in healthcare and we are all tired of the politics and influence of facilities using their providers to chart patients to increase their reimbursement.

      First time in 23 years… and can’t get honest peer reviewed data. The Wizard of Oz analogy continues.

    4. Every link you post fails the peer review standard. You cite something, it gets refuted after 30 to 60 seconds of Google searches, and your defense “well you can’t trust them.”

      Spare me the “I work in healthcare” nonsense. You’ve done nothing to demonstrate knowledge, competence or reliability, just that you think you’re smarter than others in your field. Lots of people feel that way in lots of lines of work and some are true but a lot aren’t; they’re just delusional as to their limitations.

      The odds that you’re actually smarter than infectious disease experts who’ve studied this stuff their entire lives … are much lower than the odds that you’ve fallen prey to the nonsense spouted by right-wing media. You can’t trust the experts, everyone’s out to get you, and you’ll be smarter than everyone else … if you just read what we tell you to read and misinterpret it the way we tell you to. Look, you’re self taught!

      Infectious disease ain’t changing the oil on your car. You’re not going to self-teach your way to a position of knowledge. It flat won’t happen. Give it up.

      Oddly enough, I never see any op-Ed pieces from actual doctors in actual hospitals making the same allegations you make. You’d think those would be all over if they were … you know, actually true. Instead I keep seeing these pieces, from yet another person dead a because they made the bad decision to skip the vaccine.

  3. The data above is directly from the CDC VAERS site which I sent the link to.

    Review yourself.

    The infectious disease experts and epidemiologists at the CDC are the experts right?

    1. Yes, which is why I trust them far more than someone who “works in healthcare” and could be an unlicensed aide at one of Indiana’s many substandard nursing homes for all I know.

      There is zero value in anyone who isn’t an actual medical professional looking at that database without knowing what it is, how it’s used, and what appropriate conclusions can be drawn from the data. The CDC gave enough information to tell me that, yep, that database isn’t something the Internet experts are going to master. It’s just another misunderstood point of misinformation they trot out to reinforce their bad ideas.

      I know a whole lot about computers, far more than most, but I also know there’s a bunch of computer scientists and hardware engineers WAY smarter than I.

      I am smart enough to know my limitations in my line of work. I suggest that you work on doing the same.

      I’ll close by mass quoting from, of all people, Arnold Schwarzenegger, because he said it far better than I could.

      “ Dr. Fauci and all of the virologists and epidemiologists and doctors have studied diseases and vaccines for their entire lives, so I listen to them and I urge you to do the same. None of us are going to learn more than them by watching a few hours of videos. It’s simple: if your house in on fire, you don’t go on YouTube, you call the damn fire department. If you have a heart attack, you don’t check your Facebook group, you call an ambulance. If 9 doctors tell you you have cancer and need to treat it or you will die, and 1 doctor says the cancer will disappear, you should always side with the 9. In this case, virtually all of the real experts around the world are telling us the vaccine is safe and some people on Facebook are saying it isn’t.”

      “In general, I think if the circle of people you trust gets smaller and smaller and you find yourself more and more isolated, it should be a warning sign that you’re going down a rabbit hole of misinformation. Some people say it is weak to listen to experts. That’s bogus. It takes strength to admit you don’t know everything. Weakness is thinking you don’t need expert advice and only listening to sources that confirm what you want to believe.”

    2. By the way, still looking from links from actual ER docs who back up what you have to say about not that many COVID cases.

      Funny I can’t seem to find any. I just see medical professionals suffering from compassion fatigue and story after story of misinformed people whose last wish before intubation is that their kids get vaccinated ASAP.

      I know, I know. All part of the scam. Just trying to help you out of your rabbit hole.