State now offers walk-in clinics at public health sites

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Delaware is now offering walk-in clinics at its public health sites in all three counties.

A growing supply of vaccine, no waiting list backlog and the need to vaccinate those between 16 and 18 contributed to the decision to open the sites.

All people signed up on the state’s waiting list have been issued invitations for vaccination events, officials reported.

The new vaccination walk-up clinics, which started this week, are offering the Pfizer vaccine. No appointment is necessary. The clinics are open to any individual 16 years or older. Pfizer is the only vaccine currently FDA-approved for individuals under 18.

The clinics, located in Dover, Georgetown, Milford, Seaford, and Wilmington and are located within walking distance of DART bus routes. Walk-in hours are 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Details can be found at de.gov/getmyvaccine.

As of Wednesday, April 28, 400,635 Delaware residents or about 40 percent of the total population have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 281,013 have been fully vaccinated.

“We are truly excited to offer these new walk-in opportunities at our public health clinics as a way to both increase access and reduce barriers to getting vaccinated,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.“These sites help us reach more Delawareans in the communities where they live, and the walk-in option provides a measure of convenience for people who have challenges with scheduling or who may decide on a whim that this is the day they want to get vaccinated. We want to be able to accommodate that.”

The walk-up opportunities at these five clinics will make accessing the vaccine easier for younger people who may lack transportation and other individuals who may have had a harder time traveling to large-scale vaccination events.

DPH says everyone, especially families with high school and college-aged students, to take advantage of walk-up opportunities ahead of graduation, vacation and the summer season.

“The more individuals who are 16 and older that we can fully vaccinate, the sooner we can all get back to doing the things we enjoy most,” said Rattay. “Getting our youth and their families vaccinated will allow more opportunities to get together with loved ones and friends and take advantage of summer activities.”

As of Wednesday, April 28, 5.4 percent of the state’s 16-17-year-old population have been fully vaccinated, while 15.9 parent of the state’s 18-34-year-old population have been fully vaccinated.

Public Health clinic locations offering walk-in vaccination hours

New Castle County:

  • Porter Public Health Clinic, 509 W. 8th St., 2nd floor, Wilmington

Kent County:

  • Williams Public Health Clinic, 805 River Road, Dover
  • Riverwalk Public Health Clinic, 253 NE Front St., Milford

Sussex County:

  • Adams Public Health Clinic, 546 S. Bedford St., Georgetown
  • Shipley Public Health Clinic, 350 Virginia Ave., Seaford
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