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IU-Bloomington reports 51 COVID-19 cases, 46% rise from week before

IU-Bloomington reported 51 positive COVID-19 cases for the week of Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, according to IU’s COVID-19 dashboard update Friday. The number includes 40 student cases and 11 faculty and staff cases.

The dashboard reports 94.6% of people on the Bloomington campus have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a 0.1% increase from the week before. As of Thursday, 94.8% of all students and 93.8% of faculty and staff are partially or fully vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccination is required for all IU students, faculty and staff, unless they have a medical, religious or ethical exemption or are enrolled in a 100% online program, according to IU's COVID-19 policy. Individuals can report their vaccination status or request an exemption using IU’s online vaccine reporting form.

Individuals wanting to schedule a vaccination appointment can visit the Indiana State Department of Health website for an in-state vaccination site, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to search for vaccination sites across the United States.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized booster shots of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 18 or older Friday, according to the FDA’s website.

A committee of independent experts advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to meet Friday afternoon to decide whether to recommend the boosters for all adults, according to NPR. With the committee and the CDC director’s approval, all U.S. adults who received two doses of either vaccine at least six months ago could become eligible by the weekend.

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