We’ve heard a lot of questions lately from clients, staff, agents, friends and family members about the coronavirus vaccine and whether or not we can expect a return to normalcy soon at the Delaware and Maryland beaches and really throughout the entire country.
So we thought we’d give you an update, based on the most recent information we have available. Here’s what we know…
Several thousand doses of the new coronavirus vaccine have already arrived in the First State, with public health officials and medical support personnel among the first to receive the first of two needed shots.
But there’s obviously a very long road to travel before all of Delaware’s nearly one million residents, or as many as choose to participate, have the option of becoming vaccinated against the biggest health threat the United States and the world have seen for decades.
There are sometimes advantages, however, to being a small state with a relatively low population, especially when it comes to implementing and managing endeavors like the COVID-19 vaccination program that is already under way.
That said, there’s a lot going on and it’s going to take until at least early summer to get through it all. Winter is going to be especially rough, according to officials with the Delaware Division of Public Health, but help is on the way!
Okay, let’s give you some facts and answers as to when you and your family will be eligible to receive either the Moderna or the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware.
To date, nearly 30,000 doses of the vaccine have been received in the First State, with more than 8,000 already administered to those determined to be in the greatest need.
When can you get yours? Refer to the Division of Public Health chart below and find which category you and your family members are in.
As you can see from the chart, Delaware’s Phase 1 rollout is being conducted in three parts but is designed to vaccinate those in the most needed categories first. This includes residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, essential workers, those over the age of 65 and individuals with underlying medical conditions.
If you’re not in one of those categories, you’ll be eligible in Phases 2 through 4. Find which one applies to you and just wait your turn.
We know, easier said than done right?
Delaware officials have been working with local, state and federal stakeholders to create and implement “an efficient and equitable distribution of one or more COVID-19 vaccines to all Delaware communities.”
While they realize demand is high, a phased allocation is critical and officials are confident that all Delawareans who want the vaccine will receive it during the first half of 2021.
To date, all of the state’s hospital systems have received vaccines for staff members. Long-term care facilities have also begun vaccinating staff and patients.
For more information on Delaware’s response to COVID-19 and the challenges the virus continues to pose in the First State, you can call the Department of Public Health’s Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-643-1715 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
You can also email questions to Vaccine@Delaware.Gov or visit www.de.gov/covidvaccine for the latest and most up-to-date information on the coronavirus vaccine.