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Vaccination Policy Changes Delayed

The delay comes after officials expressed concern that the policy change would keep many kids from getting vaccinated for the upcoming school year.

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State Department of Health vaccinations will remain free for all until January 2012.

All Hoosier children will continue to have access to publicly-funded vaccinations through January after the Indiana State Department of Health delayed a cutoff of the vaccines to those with adequate insurance.

Earlier in the year, the Health Department announced the free vaccines would only be available to the uninsured or those who have insurance that doesn’t pay for vaccinations. The new policy was set to begin July first, but the Department has pushed that date back to January first.

Department of Health Assistant Commissioner Dr. James Howell says the July first cutoff date came at the wrong time.

“The most important reason,” he said, “is we’re right in that critical timeframe vaccinating children back to school and we did not want to miss any opportunity to vaccinate any children who needed vaccine to get back into school.”

Often, local health departments are the only places people can readily get vaccinations. Howell says the local departments were also having trouble coordinating with insurance companies to be able to serve insured children by having insurance pay for the vaccines.

Howell says the system will be up and running by the January deadline.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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