Healthcare systems offer Covid vaccine waiting lists, appointment links as eligibility broadens

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Delaware’s hospital systems have posted online links for those who are seeking a Covid-19 vaccinations as the state widens eligibility.

ChristianaCare, the state’s. largest health care system, posted an expression of interest link as Delaware widened eligibility for Covid-19 vaccine to those over 50 and individuals with moderate to severe underlying health conditions.

Bayhealth, with hospitals in Dover and Milford has a similar link as does Beebe Healthcare, Lewes. TidalHealth in Seaford has an online link.The same is true for Saint Francis Hospital in Wilmington.

The state’s vaccine waiting list will sign up those over 50 beginning next week, with the state’ pharmacies already able to take appointments.

Medical conditions that can lead vaccine okays for those with underlying conditions include high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Smokers and former smokers are also included on the ChristianaCare listing of underlying conditions.

The Delaware Division of Public Health is leaving the determination of health conditions up to physicians. It asked those who may be eligible to contact their physician practice, cautioning that phone traffic may be heavy in the early going.

All health care systems have cautioned that vaccine supplies remain limited.

Delaware has stopped short of moving to a first-come, first-served system of a few states, citing the need for fairness in administering vaccines to those at greatest risk of getting the virus.

This week, the Delaware Division of Health also reported thousands of vaccine invitations on the state’ vaccination list for those over 65 have gone unanswered.

Some of this could be due to seniors getting vaccinations. at pharmacies or providers.

The state is holding a mass vaccination event at Dover International Speedway this weekend that among other things aims to get more vaccines into the arms of those over 65.

Walgreens, the state’s largest pharmacy chain, offers appointment information on its website as does Rite Aid and CVS, both of which recently joined vaccination programs.

Independent pharmacies have also received vaccine supplies, with customers asked to check on availability.

Shipments of Prizer and Moderna have been increasing in Delaware, with the state reporting about 94,000 doses of vaccine available as of mid-week. The state also received a limited number of one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

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