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Delaware's Vaccine Allocation Timeline

 

Many people want to know when they can get the vaccine. That will depend on what group or Phase of the vaccine rollout you belong in. We needed to create a phased plan, because we knew that there would not be enough vaccine supply to vaccinate everyone at once. Also, vaccine rollout takes a lot of planning due to storage requirements, education, training and scheduling to administer not just one – but two doses.

Delaware’s Phases are based on federal and state advisory group recommendations and take local data into consideration. DPH is focused on preventing death and injury, protecting and ensuring the health care system continues to function, and reducing and eliminating barriers to access for the vaccine.

Simply: the goal is to make sure that every Delawarean who wants a vaccine can get one.

 


 

Learn More About Each Phase:

Delaware's Vaccine Allocation Infographic


 

Phase 1a (Current Phase):

Vaccination Phase 1a infographic

Who:

Health care personnel with direct patient contact and care, Emergency Medical Services agencies, and long-term care staff and residents will receive the vaccine first.

When:

Now.

How:

Most health care personnel will be vaccinated by hospitals, pharmacies, EMS agencies, independent providers, health centers, and DPH vaccination clinics. Long-term care residents and staff will be vaccinated by either CVS or Walgreens pharmacy staff as part of a federal program.


Phase 1b (Current Phase):

Who:

Persons aged 65 and older, as well as those considered frontline essential workers including: police, fire, teachers, childcare providers, food processing workers, correctional officers, and postal service, public transit and grocery workers will begin to be vaccinated.

When:

Those 65+ along with K-12 teachers, childcare providers and DOC staff are eligible for vaccination now.  Vaccination will be available to other frontline essential workers, but it will likely take several more weeks for this to happen, as limited vaccine supply and large demand in the 65+ group is slowing down the state’s ability to open up vaccination opportunities to this group more quickly.  DPH continues to ask for your patience.

Where/How:

Those who qualify as part of their job should look for communications from their employer. Persons 65 and older will have opportunities to get vaccinated from a variety of settings, including pharmacies, health care providers, or a vaccination clinic run by the State or its partners.

Where can I get vaccinated?

There will be multiple options for Delaware residents to be vaccinated, including large vaccination events with a new appointment request system for those 65 and older. Those who qualify as a frontline essential worker should look for communication regarding vaccination opportunities directly from their employer.

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Phase 1c:

Who:

Persons aged 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions (Obesity, Severe Obesity, Diabetes, COPD, Heart Condition, Chronic Kidney, Cancer, Smoking, Solid Organ Transplant, Sickle Cell Disease, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Severe and persistent mental/behavioral health conditions).

Persons living in high-risk group settings such as correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and group homes.

Other essential workers (Transportation and Logistics, Food Service, Shelter and Housing (construction), Finance, IT and Communications, Energy, Media, Legal, Public Safety (Engineers), Water and Wastewater, and Clergy. Vaccines may be available through employers.

When:

Start time for this Phase is dependent upon supply. Watch for updates in the news, our social media channels and this page. Not all essential workers in each category will be eligible at first. Those with more frequent public contact, and higher health risks will likely be eligible first.

How/Where:

More details will be made available on where to get the vaccine, as details are finalized. For those with high-risk conditions: Vaccines will be available from pharmacies, some primary care providers, and vaccination clinics run by the state or its partners. For those living in group or congregate settings: Vaccines may be available within these settings or from service providers. For other essential workers: vaccines will be available through your employer through either onsite vaccination events, off-site clinics, or a voucher system that can be used at pharmacies or vaccine clinics run by the state or its partners. Look for details from your employer.


Phase 2:

Who:

Persons aged 50 – 64, persons 16 – 49 with moderate-risk medical conditions, other in group settings who did not receive vaccine in the earlier phases, and essential workers not able to work from home at all times.

Moderate-risk medical conditions include: Asthma (moderate-to-severe), Cerebrovascular disease, Cystic fibrosis, Hypertension, Immunocompromised state, Neurologic conditions, Liver disease, Overweight, Pulmonary fibrosis, Thalassemia.

When:

Start time for this Phase is dependent upon supply. Watch for updates in the news, our social media channels and this page.

How/Where

More details will be made available on where to get the vaccine, as details are finalized. By this time, vaccine will be available from pharmacies, some providers, and vaccination clinics run by the State or its partners. Those in group homes or congregate settings may be vaccinated through those settings. Essential workers may have opportunities to be vaccinated through their employers, either on-site or through a voucher system.


Phase 3:

Who:

Persons aged 16-49 and essential workers not receiving the vaccine in Phase 2 are likely to receive the vaccine.

When:

Start time for this Phase is dependent upon supply. Watch for updates in the news, our social media channels and this page.

Where/How:

More details will be made available on where to get the vaccine, as details are finalized. By this time, vaccine will be available from pharmacies, some providers, and vaccination clinics run by the State or its partners. Essential workers may have opportunities to be vaccinated through their employers, either on-site or through a voucher system.


Phase 4:

Who:

Anyone who has not already received the vaccine in prior phases will be eligible.

When:

Start time for this Phase is dependent upon supply. Watch for updates in the news, our social media channels and this page.

Where/How:

By this time, vaccine will be available from pharmacies, some providers, and vaccination clinics run by the State or its partners.

 

 

Where can I get vaccinated?

There will be multiple options for Delaware residents to be vaccinated. Learn more here.

Find Where to Get Vaccinated
COVID-19 SCAM ALERT

Delawareans please be careful. There are reports about a potential phone scam in which scammers are claiming to be from the State of Delaware offering the COVID-19 vaccine for a cost of $75. This is false. Hang up & do not provide any personal or financial info. Please report these calls to the Department of Justice Consumer Protection Unit at de.gov/consumer or by phone at (800) 220-5424.


Report Vaccination Violations

Submit complaints about a vaccination provider by using this form, if you think they are violating any of these requirements.

Additionally, any health care provider who intentionally or willfully provides or distributes, or who supervises someone who intentionally or willfully provides or distributes the COVID-19 vaccine to any individual who is not authorized to receive such vaccine pursuant to the Vaccination Guidance is guilty of unprofessional conduct as defined in Title 24 and may be subject to licensure discipline. Send your complaints to Division of Professional Regulation about this conduct.

Get More COVID Data

For more data on Delaware COVID cases, testing and outcomes, including demographic breakdowns, go to My Healthy Community






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