As of Thursday, Dec. 31, Delaware has administered 11,274 doses of the Covid -19 vaccine, according to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX.
So far, about 1 percent of the state’s population has received the first dose of the vaccine.
To date, the state has received a combined 42,975 doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Vaccinations will require two doses. Allocations from the federal Warp Speed program are based on the state’s population.
Officials in other states have criticized the slow rollout of the vaccines. However, Delaware officials have emphasized that federal estimates were never set in stone.
A map from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionindicated that Delaware is near the national average when it comes to the number of vaccinations per 100,000 residents. Standouts in administering vaccines were South Dakota and West Virginia.
The CDC reported that 2.8 million Americans have received their first vaccination, below initial goals of 20 million being vaccinated by the end of the year. The administration says the numbers are higher since health care institutions often delay reporting vaccination figures.
Delaware vaccinations are about 3,000 greater than the number reported on state-by-state dashboards
Still in the pipeline are vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson that have not submitted data needed for an emergency use designation from the Food and Drug Administration. Several other vaccines are also undergoing trials.
Both the J&J and AZ vaccines are less expensive than the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and will be needed in efforts to vaccinate a majority of Americans.
Delaware’s latest Covid-19 vaccination statistics can now be found under the Vaccine Tracker dashboard at de.gov/healthycommunity.
The Delaware Division of Public Health has set up a Vaccine Call Center, which can now be reached at 1-833-643-1715.
People who are deaf and hard of hearing should call 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898-211.
Individuals can email their questions concerning the vaccine [email protected] and visitde.gov/covidvaccine for more information.The call center will be closed on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2021.
Below is a tentative timetable for vaccinations. The state recently announced that those over 65 along with essential workers will be included in the next stage of immunizations that could get underway between mid-January and mid to late February.