Delaware has now received more than 53,600 doses of vaccine, with a total of 15,000 vaccinations reported.
Vaccinations totaled more than 2,000 on Tuesday, as health care professionals, nursing home residents and staff and EMTs received doses at large events.
Based on current supples, vaccines administered in two doses would innoculate less than six percent of the state’s population.
For the latest Delaware vaccine tracking information, click here.To see how Delaware stacks up with the rest of the nation, click here for the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention Covid vaccine dashboard. (CDC and Delaware numbers may differ).
Delaware is currently providing Covid-19 vaccine to health care and first responders, and long-term care residents and staff. That group is collectively Phase 1A.
Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said the next group – Phase 1B – will be those 65 and older (about 160,000 people in Delaware) as well as frontline workers, including teachers and staff, child care workers, grocery store staff, bus drivers, poultry plant workers and others.
Vaccinating that group would require a massive ramp-up of the state’s vaccine program.
Rattay said the number of people vaccinated is probably higher than the number currently shown on the dashboard. She acknowledged some reluctance among health care workers about being vaccinated over the holidays.
Rattay expects the pace to pick up with the new year. It did not help that the rollout got underway over a holiday period that also brought scheduling challenges.
Gov. John Carney said mass vaccinations are being planned at locations like Department of Motor Vehicles centers.
The state gets estimates of vaccine numbers, although adjustments are often made and rarely in the direction of more vaccine doses.
According to Carney, the state prefers a steady program with current supplies being used, rather than waiting for a vaccine.
Phase 1B vaccinations won’t begin until late January or early February, and individuals within those groups can contact their doctors, pharmacies or workplaces on how and when they will be able to get the first dose.
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