Vaccination update: One in four Delaware residents have received at least 1 shot

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The number of Delaware residents who are at least vaccinated for one dose of  Covid-19 now totals more than a quarter of the state’s population.

The Delaware Division of Public Health’s vaccination tracker reported that as of Saturday morning,  more than 133,000  Delawareans have  been fully vaccinated, with more than 117,000  awaiting their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

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

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Over the weekend, the state vaccinated thousands of people at Dover International Speedway  in the over 65 and essential worker categories in preparation for adding those over 50 and individuals with underlying health conditions.

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

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

It was also  announced last week 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 category  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 Monday, the state vaccination dashboard showed reported 80,000  doses are available.

According to the NPR vaccine tracker, Delaware ranks in the middle of the pack among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the percentage of the population getting both doses and the percentage of residents receiving at least one dose. The First State is slightly below the national average in the percentage of available vaccine administered.

The state is now receiving more than 40,000. doses a week.

Ranking at the top is Alaska which has now fully vaccinated nearly 20  percent of its population. The percentage of Delaware residents who are fully inoculated is about  13 percent.  Utah ranks at the bottom at nine  percent. 

Delaware is holding a mass vaccination event at Dover this weekend that was opened to people over age 65 and other groups, including essential workers.

The Biden Administration announced on Friday  100 million vaccinations since the Delawarean took the oath of office. 

For the latest figures from the Delaware vaccine  tracker, click here.

 

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