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Delaware has now administered more than 900,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine as of late May, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported on Friday.
The 915,630 doses translate into 54.6 percent of the state’s residents getting at least one shot. The vast majority of vaccines are from Moderna and Pfizer and require two shots.
The vaccinations are helping to drive Covid-19 cases, with 2.4% of all tests coming in positive, well above the five percent threshold established by the World Health Organization.
As of Sunday night, hospitalizations had fallen to 48, down 12 from the previous day, including 7 individuals in critical condition.
Sussex County, with its sizable population of elderly residents, ranks first among the three counties in its vaccination rate, followed by New Castle County. Lagging well behind neighboring counties is Kent.
Vaccine supplies are plentiful, with Delaware having an inventory of a quarter of a million doses available.
State public officials admit they are battling vaccine hesitancy that includes social media posts with false claims.
Delaware and other states have moved to incentives to get younger people vaccinated and reach the Biden Administration’s goal of having 70 percent of the population getting at least one vaccine dose by July 4.
Delaware has entered all vaccinated individuals into a drawing, with the winner getting a $302,000. Drawings will be held for a variety of prizes and grants are being offered to businesses that offer gift cards, restaurant items and other incentives to those who show vaccination cards.
Beginning next week, vaccine providers, including those who work with community-based organizations, will be able to request gift cards from the Division of Public Health when they make their vaccine order requests. DPH hopes this expansion of the gift card portion of the DEWins program will encourage even more Delawareans to get vaccinated.
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