Vaccines – Now comes the hard part

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Good afternoon,

One of our most popular stories over the holidays was a post on the progress of Covid-19 vaccinations in Delaware. For newsletter readers, an update is above.

The key link in the post was the Vaccination Tracker from the Delaware Division of Public Health. That information offers insight into the long and difficult road ahead for employers looking for some sense of normal. For human resource folks, the link deserves a bookmark.

While dashboard data are subject to delays in reporting, the tracker illustrates the Herculean task Delaware faces in the coming months.

Officially, Delaware has about 53,000 does available, although that number is probably higher as shipments are going directly to some providers and may not be immediately reported. Vaccinations are more than likely higher than the 17,000 reported. Still, even the most optimistic estimate amounts to about one a half percent of the state’s total population being vaccinated.

One would assume that shipments equal to the current supply of Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech doses is on their way. (I continued to look for updated information while typing out this post. That would boost the total to 100,000 doses would amount to five percent and fall well short of the number needed for Phase 1B (essential workers and those over 65). The number of people in 1B is north of 160,000.

Patience is needed, and after nine months of dealing with the virus, patience is in short supply. On the plus side, the state doses have a realistic immunization system in place. We will not see the chaos that took place in a couple in a couple of Florida locations that went the first-come, first-serve route.

It turns out that after the stunning achievement of developing vaccines, the task of transporting and administering the vaccine via jet, truck, and one by one into the arms of Delawareans presents the biggest challenge of all.

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