Updated 9:15 a.m. Thursday
Bartholomew County is closing in on having half of its population vaccinated against COVID-19 and leads area counties, according to state and federal statistics.
Bartholomew County has 40,139 people who are fully vaccinated, or about 47.9 percent of the county’s population according to CDC tracking.
Women make up almost 54 percent of those who have been vaccinated in Bartholomew County. The largest age group to get fully vaccinated have been those who are 60 to 64 years old, which makes up just over 10 percent of those vaccinated.
Bartholomew County has a higher vaccination rate than other area counties according to CDC figures. Brown County has 42 percent, Decatur 39.2 percent, Jackson 40.7 percent, Jennings 31.6 percent, and Shelby County with 45.9 percent. Johnson County is the closest to Bartholomew among neighboring counties with almost 47.1 percent.
Hamilton County leads the state with 59.1 percent fully vaccinated.
Local health officials are urging people to get vaccinated to hit that 50 percent mark countywide.
In our area, Bartholomew, Decatur, Brown and Jackson counties are all blue under the state’s color-coded map, showing a low spread of the disease. Johnson, Shelby and Jennings counties are all yellow, showing moderate spread. The closest counties showing orange, or serious spread are Washington and Scott counties.