Delaware’s 2021 COVID Vaccination Schedule & Info.Date Posted: Monday, January 11th, 2021
- As of January 8, 2021, the state of Delaware is nearly one month into its vaccination program and is still completing Phase 1a (see attached timeline)
- To date, the state has received 53,650 doses of vaccine, including both the Pfizer and Moderna formulations. Of these, 21,814 doses have been administered.
- There are several reasons for the gap between doses received and doses administered. According to Division of Public Health (DPH) Director, Dr. Karyl Rattay, more than 11,000 doses are being held by hospitals and DPH to administer needed second vaccinations. (Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots, given three to four weeks apart, to achieve full effectiveness). Another 10,000 doses are being held by DPH for upcoming mass inoculation events the agency has planned. There is also a lag between when a dose is given and when it is reported.
- The Division of Public Health continues to plan for rollout of the vaccine to those in Phase 1b and beyond. It likely will be toward the end of January before vaccine is available to this next group, which includes not only those 65 and older, but also frontline essential workers. DPH encourages patience, as not everyone in this group will be able to be vaccinated immediately due to the limited vaccine supply given to states, including Delaware.
- DPH is working quickly to identify and help to enroll medical offices and pharmacies that are willing to vaccinate older Delawareans and other groups as the vaccine becomes available to them. Delawareans 65 and older can ask their medical providers if they are enrolled to vaccinate patients, or plan to be. If your provider does not plan to vaccinate patients, DPH encourages anyone eligible for the next phase of vaccination to monitor de.gov/covidvaccine, DPH and DHSS social media channels, and local news media. DPH will share more information, including possible vaccination sites, through these channels as they finalize those details.
- Doctors who are interested in enrolling their practice as a vaccine administrator can click here for more information.
- Retired medical professionals who may be interested in volunteering to help administer the vaccine can sign up to do so with the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps. Please click here for more information.
- For the latest information on the vaccination progress, click here.
• The 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 also email their vaccine questions to: Vaccine@Delaware.gov.