Help sought from feds as state doubles down on 2nd doses of Covid vaccine

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Delaware state government is focusing on second dose vaccines for those who received their first shot last month as supplies remain meager

The effort will slow down first doses in Phase1B and push Phase 1C further into the spring, state officials said.

Concern has been growing among those getting the first dose about the second dose, which should be administered within 35 days of the first shot under federal standards. As of Sunday, the state’s dashboard showed fewer than 12,000 doses available. More vaccine is expected this week, but not in vastly largely quantities.

The state has been able to vaccinate about 10 percent of the population with at least one dose. Shots have gone to those over 65, nursing home residents, and frontline healthcare workers.

2nd doses for those who used DMV sites

Later this week, the State of Delaware will open registration for second dose appointments for 3,800 people who received their first dose at the Dover DMV on Jan. 16, 17, or 18 or Salesianum School on Jan. 18.

The events from February 15-19 will be operated by Curative at Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) campuses in Georgetown, Dover, and Wilmington.

Registration will be done directly with Curative, and individuals will be required to show proof of their first dose vaccination date when they arrive on site.

Delawareans who have lost their vaccination card should email their full name and date of birth tovaccine@delaware.gov.

For those without email access, call DPH at 1-833-643-1715.Anyone who registers but cannot show proof they received their first dose on Jan. 16, 17, or 18 will be turned away. Only Moderna vaccines will be administered at the Curative/DTCC second dose sites, a release stated.

Request to FEMA

The State of Delaware has requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency operate a vaccination site at Dover International Speedway for multiple days, beginning as early as Feb. 20.

The FEMA site would be dedicated to vaccinating people who received their first dose at the Dover DMV on Jan. 16, 17, or 18; Salesianum School on Jan. 18; at the Delaware City DMV on Jan. 22, 23, or 24; or at the Georgetown DMV Jan. 23 or 24.

Individuals will be requiredto show proof of their first dose vaccination date.Delawareans who havelost their vaccination cardshould email their full name and date of birth tovaccine@delaware.gov.

For those without email access, call DPH at 1-833-643-1715. Pfizer and Moderna will be available at these events. Scheduling has not been confirmed for these events and is contingent on FEMA approval of the state’s request. Additional information will be forthcoming.

The Delaware Division of Public Health’s Community Health Services Section will partner with community organizations to deliver second doses to low-income seniors who received their first dose at Salesianum School on Jan. 18 and may have mobility challenges or other barriers preventing them from attending a large event. Those individuals will be reached through community organizations.

Delawareans vaccinated at the Chase Center in Wilmington on Jan. 30 also be offered an opportunity to register for their second dose. Second dose registration has not yet opened for Delawareans vaccinated at the Chase Center.

As supply becomes available, second dose registration or scheduling information will be listed on de.gov/getmyvaccine and will be emailed to all eligible individuals the state has e-mail addresses for.

As of Monday, February 8, the State of Delaware and its partners had administered more than 126,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer.

(See an earlier story below on vaccinations.

State whittles away at 100,000-person Covid-19 vaccine waiting list

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