Issue 492 - January 15, 2021
In This Issue:
  • Vaccine Plan Update - Latest

  • Medical Providers Need to Register to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Vaccine Plan Update - Latest
Bill Seeks to Give Citizens a Voice in State
of Emergency Declarations, Modifications

JANUARY 15, 2021 -- The State of Delaware began its vaccination program one month ago (12/15/2020) and is still completing Phase 1A (see graphic, above.)
 
  • As of today (12:12 p.m., 1/15/2021), the state has received 77,600 doses of vaccine, split between the Pfizer and Moderna formulations. Of these, 36,634 doses have been administered.

  • Reasons for the gap between doses received and doses administered include the following: (1) Some doses are being held by hospitals and DPH to administer needed second vaccinations. (2) Other doses are being held by DPH for upcoming mass inoculation events the agency is planning. (3) There is a lag between when a dose is given and when it is reported.

  • In the next Phase (1b), people 65-years of age and older will be vaccinated as will frontline essential workers including: police, fire, teachers, child care providers, food processing workers, correctional officers, and postal service, public transit and grocery workers. This phase is not expected to start until late this month.

  • The current (tentative) guidance from the Division of Public Health for senior citizens wishing to get vaccinated during Phase 1b is that they should call their primary care providers and ask if they plan to vaccinate patients.  If the answer is "no," vaccines will be available through pharmacies, and/or walk-up or drive-thru vaccination clinics.

  • More details about access to appointments through pharmacies or vaccination clinics will be available on de.gov/covidvaccine as they are finalized and we get closer to Phase 1b, which is expected to begin the week of January 25. 

  • DPH officials are currently evaluating sites suitable for mass inoculation events.

  • If you are a Frontline Essential Worker (first responder, food manufacturing, postal worker, grocery store worker, transportation), you should receive communication from your employer about their vaccination plans for staff. Vaccination opportunities may include onsite vaccinations or vouchers to bring to a pharmacy or public vaccination clinic site. 

  • For more information on the progress of vaccination distribution, click here.

  • The DPH has set up a Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-643-1715. (The DPH was informed this afternoon that some callers are reporting trouble when using this service. The line is reportedly getting about 800 calls daily. DPH officials are investigating the issue.)

  • The 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.govThose who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 2-1-1 or text their ZIP code to 898-211. 
Medical Providers Need to Register to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
The Division of Public Health reports that more than 200 medical providers have thus far registered to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

Medical providers will not be able to order or administer vaccine in Delaware without completing the enrollment process.

For answers to questions frequently asked by doctors and their staffs, click here.

To visit the COVID-19 vaccine website for medical providers, click here.