Delaware residents getting one or both doses of Covid-19 vaccine nears 23% mark

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The percentage of Delaware residents either fully and partially vaccinated for Covid-19 is nearing 23 percent.

The Delaware Division of Public Health’s vaccination tracker reported that 125,000 Delawareans had been fully vaccinated, with nearly 96,000 awaiting their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

blankThe number of vaccinations is believed to higher than the reported number due to a lag in reporting shots by pharmacies and health care systems.

It was reported at the Tuesday Covid-19 briefing that about two-thirds of residents over 65 had received the vaccine. All of the individuals on the 65-plus state waiting list have received an invitation to a vaccination event.

For the latest figures from the tracker, click here.

Less than one percent of residents have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to limited supplies. Shipments of the J&J vaccine are expected to increase in April.

On Tuesday, it was announced that residents over the age of 50 can now sign up for vaccines through pharmacies. A state reservation site is expected to add the over 50 categories next week.

Physicians can now refer patients with underlying conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, to a vaccine provider if their practice does not offer shots.

As of Wednesday, the state vaccination dashboard showed reported 94,000 doses are available.

According to the NPR tracker, Delaware ranks in the middle of the pack among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the population vaccination percentage.

Ranking at the top is New Mexico, which has now fully vaccinated nearly 30 percent of its population. Georgia ranks at the bottom at 18 percent. Delaware is listed at the national average – 21.7 percent.

Delaware has slowed down mass vaccination events as it deals with priorities that include educators, the fragile elderly, minority communities, and those in line for a second dose.

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