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Delaware’s vaccination program is continuing to move forward as quickly as supplies from the federal government will allow.
 
President Joe Biden last week announced the United States will have enough COVID-19 vaccines for every adult by the end of May – two months earlier than previously expected. While this is welcome news, please be aware that it may take longer to get those supplies to the states and for the states to get those doses out to the public.
 
Delaware recently crossed an important milestone in its vaccination program by administering its 250,000th dose. To date, nearly 268,500 first and second doses have been provided to our seniors, frontline healthcare workers, first responders and others in Phases 1A and 1B.
 
That includes the 5,500 educators and school staff who have received doses through a partnership between Albertsons Pharmacy and the Delaware Department of Education.
 
In keeping with President Biden’s commitment to providing all school personnel with their first dose by the end of March, Governor John Carney last week announced that all Delaware educators, school staff and child care workers who have yet to receive a dose will have an opportunity to sign up for a two-day, large-scale vaccination clinic at Dover International Speedway over the weekend.
 
Walgreens also is scheduling appointments for educators, school staff and child care workers through March. Those workers will be notified when Walgreens appointments become available.
 
DPH on Friday began shipping doses directly to Delaware’s poultry plants so they could begin vaccinating their highest-risk workers, who endured high rates of COVID-19 infection early in the pandemic.
 
More first and second doses for seniors are also being sent to local pharmacies. The CDC recently began supporting a powerful new tool to help seniors better monitor which pharmacies have both available vaccines and available appointments. Click here to try out the new Vaccine Finder tool.
 
DELAWARE COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
 
The Delaware Division of Public Health continues to invite seniors who registered for a vaccination to small clinics throughout the state. If you registered, be sure to check your email inbox and junk folder daily.
 
More appointments also are available at local pharmacies, hospital systems and medical providers. In an effort to make it easier to find COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is backing a centralized online portal where the public can search for nearby vaccination locations with doses on hand. Visit VaccineFinder.org to find options near you.
 
Due to limited supplies, it may take a few more weeks to begin vaccinating some Phase 1B workers on a large scale. Employers should act now to set up vaccination opportunities for their personnel by emailing vaccineplanning@delaware.gov.
 
Seniors can still register for a first dose of the vaccine. Click here if you are 65 or older and would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Seniors without computer access can call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 1 (833) 643-1715 to register.
 
Seniors seeking a first dose also have options when it comes to scheduling their vaccination:
 
Vaccination events: To participate in an upcoming drive-thru or walk-up vaccination event, you must first register your willingness to receive the vaccine.
 
Click here to register today! Seniors without computer access can call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 1 (833) 643-1715 to register.
 
 
Pharmacy-based vaccinations: Seven pharmacy chains in Delaware are now offering vaccines to seniors by appointment only.
 
All scheduling must be completed online. No walk-ins or phone scheduling is currently available. For a list of participating pharmacies and links to their online scheduling, click here.
 
 
 
Medical-provider vaccinations: Some primary-care and specialty-care providers have vaccines available for their own patients, while some may invite the public to request appointments. For a list of participating medical providers, click here.

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