First vaccine dose event this weekend as Dover Speedway site enters its final days

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Delaware will lose a key tool in its vaccination, Dover International Speedway, at the end of April.

However, this weekend, the state has openings for those over 18 seeking their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

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After the end of April, the speedway will return to host a May NASCAR weekend series of races.

At his weekly coronavirus briefing, Gov. John Carney estimated that 100,000 people had been vaccinated at the sprawling raceway site that is about an hour’s drive from much of Delaware.

Work is now underway to find alternate sites amid signs that interest in vaccinations is beginning to slow down nationwide and to some extent in Delaware. The state used DMV inspection sites and locations with large parking lots for vaccinations and Covid-19 tests in the past.

All residents over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Those between 16 and 18 can get the Pfizer vaccine, which has FDA clearance.

Carney confirmed a backlog of second vaccinations has held down the percentage of Delaware residents getting their first shot.

The Biden-Harris Administration, seeing business as a key to getting a higher percentage of the population vaccinated, is planning to offer tax credits for business offering paid time off for vaccinations and for those who experience side effects.

The state is also reaching out to colleges and universities to get students their first shots. That group has seen a higher rate of cases.

Meanwhile, the state has its “fingers crossed” waiting for a green light for the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control placed the vaccine on pause after extremely rare instances of those getting J&J vaccinations coming up with a type of blood clot.

Supplies of the J&J vaccine are limited, with about 5,000 doses available in state storage.

Delaware’s latest COVID-19 vaccination statistics can be found under the Vaccine Tracker dashboard at de.gov/healthycommunity.

Below is an interactive map that offers a state-by-state look at vaccinations, Covid-19 cases, and deaths. Laptop and desktop computer users can click twice on the map to get figures by state and county.

Delaware ranks higher than the national figure in the percentage of the population that has received at least one shot and slightly higher than the national average in the percentage of fully vaccinated people.

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