The Delaware Division of Health recently updated its Covid-19 tracker to include individuals who have been fully vaccinated. The state reported that 120,692 Delawareans, or about 13 percent of the adult population, are now fully vaccinated.
The actual figure is higher since there is a time lag in recording vaccinations and multiple locations for administering doses that include a growing number of pharmacies. Last week Rite Aid publicly announced it was offering the Covid-19 vaccine.
The state public health tracker lists 76,628available vaccine doses available.
The dashboard figures indicate that nearly 22 percent of the state’s population has received at least one vaccine dose.
Gov. John Carney acknowledged that bad weather in February led to no doses being delivered for a week. This was followed by stepped-up deliveries that led to a higher inventory of vaccines than in the past.
Administering two-dose vaccines come with complexities that include scheduling both doses. Delaware and other states also deal with priorities that include getting vaccines to disadvantaged communities, educators, and more physically fragile elderly, not in assisted living or nursing homes and without transportation. Moreover, vaccination rates for Hispanics and Blacks here and elsewhere are lower than figures for whites.
Based on state figures, weekly vaccine deliveries have risen to about 50,000 a week, up from 20,000 or fewer in January and February.
Nearly 83,000 people have not received both doses of either the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines.
State public health officials are also working through a waiting list of people over 65 who have not received any doses. As of last week, the waiting list numbered 71,000.