Delaware hits 50% vaccination benchmark

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Delaware Friday hit the 50% mark in the percentage of the population getting at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

The Big Local News dashboard, which uses data from Covid Act Now, puts the vaccination percentage at 50.1%.

More than 38% of the population is fully vaccinated. The bulk of vaccinations use the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines.

Delaware ranks 19th in the nation in the share of the population that is fully vaccinated, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. Maine has 48 percent of its population fully vaccinated, with Mississippi last with 26%.

The percentage of vaccinations for Delaware could be slightly lower than 50% due to calculations being based on a population of around 975,000. The 2020 census figure is about 790,000.

Vaccination numbers for Friday have not yet been posted, and the state should emerge above the 50% threshold based on its 2020 population once weekend figures are calculated.&nbsp

Delaware has seen a steady decline in the number of new cases and hospitalizations as more people received Covid-19 shots.

People ages 12 and up are now eligible for vaccinations.

Delaware health officials continue to see the greatest vaccine hesitancy among Kent County residents. Central Delaware county’s vaccination rate is about 12 percent below the state average.

Sussex County has the highest vaccination rate, followed by New Castle.

The pace of vaccinations has slowed down as doses remain readily available, and the rate of new cases continues to decline.

Vaccines are now available on a walk-in basis at selected locations. Vaccinations are also being offered during the current NASCAR weekend in Dover.

For more data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county, and, in some cases, ZIP code or census tract level: https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state

Below is the interactive graphic from Google and media partners that lists cases, fatalities, and vaccinations.

Improved treatments have also led to fewer people with severe cases of the virus.

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