The Division of Public Health (DPH) has finalized its recommendations for the next groups of Delawareans who will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations under Phase 1b of the state’s inoculation plan.
These groups include frontline essential workers and persons 65 and older. Under federal guidelines, “frontline essential workers” are: firefighters, police, teachers, school support staff, child care workers, food production and agriculture workers, those employed in manufacturing, corrections workers, U.S. Postal Service employees, public transit workers, and grocery store workers.
Currently, Delaware is in Phase 1a of its vaccine rollout, which includes vaccinations for health care personnel with direct contact with ill patients or infectious material, emergency medical services agencies, and long-term care staff and residents.
Vaccinations for those in Phase 1b are expected to begin by the end of January. Due to limited supplies, doses are not expected to be initially available for everyone in the designated groups. Individuals 65+ will be asked to contact their health care provider near the end of next month to discuss their options.
The next phases after 1b could see vaccine availability in mid- to late February, and it likely will be April before there is more widespread availability based on current supply. However, timelines are flexible as more supply could be available if additional vaccines are approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Over the last two weeks, 8,422 vaccine doses have been administered in Delaware, and a total of 28,400 combined doses of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have been received.
DPH has set up a Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-643-1715. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 2-1-1 or text their ZIP code to 898-211. DPH’s Vaccine Call Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Individuals can email their questions concerning the vaccine to Vaccine@Delaware.gov. Individuals can also visit de.gov/covidvaccine for up-to-date information.