Delaware's second-dose COVID-19 vaccination events fill up in 3 hours

Brandon Holveck
Delaware News Journal

Registration for Delaware's initial second-dose COVID-19 vaccination events opened Thursday at 10 a.m.

By 1:15 p.m., all 3,800 appointments were taken.

The events are for residents in phase 1A and 65 and older who received first doses at state-sponsored vaccine events in January.

The Department of Health and Social Services said to "watch for more details next week" on how to sign up for future events, including a potential multiday event in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Those who received first doses outside of the state-sponsored events are on their own to book a second appointment through a pharmacy, primary care office or other provider. Vaccinations can occur at different locations but should be from the same manufacturer.

A dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is prepared as ChristianaCare starts vaccinating its approximately 13,500 employees Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at Christiana Hospital.

Residents who are in search of a first dose can still sign up for the state's vaccine waiting list for state-sponsored vaccine events at vaccinerequest.delaware.gov. They can also try to book appointments through pharmacies, primary care offices or other providers.

There are expected to be very few first doses administered over the next few weeks as the state's focus turns to administering second doses to those vaccinated last month.

FIRST DOSE SIGN-UPS: How people 65 and older, health care workers and teachers in Delaware can get in line for COVID-19 vaccines

The state is hosting vaccination events at Delaware Technical Community College campuses in Georgetown, Dover and Wilmington from Feb. 15 to Feb. 19. Registration opened Thursday morning and was limited to those who received a first dose at the Dover Division of Motor Vehicles from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18 or Salesianum School on Jan. 18.

The events will offer the Moderna vaccine only.

Only those with an appointment will be vaccinated at the events, the state says. Those with appointments will need proof of their first vaccination or else they will be turned away, according to the state.

Residents who have lost their vaccination card should email their name and date of birth to vaccine@delaware.gov or call (833) 643-1715.

Delaware vaccinated 950 health care workers and senior citizens as part of its "soft launch" of administering the vaccine to residents who are 65 or older at Salesianum School in Wilmington on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

Delaware expects to host additional state-sponsored, second-dose events beginning as early as Feb. 20 for those who received their first dose at state-sponsored events later in January.

The Division of Public Health and the governor's office requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency stand up a vaccination site at Dover International Speedway that would last up to six days.

The FEMA site would be dedicated to vaccinating people who received their first dose at the following events and would offer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

  • Dover DMV, Jan. 16 to Jan. 18
  • Salesianum School, Jan. 18
  • Delaware City DMV, Jan. 22 to Jan. 24
  • Georgetown DMV, Jan. 23 or Jan. 24

There is no sign-up information available for the FEMA event.

Contact Brandon Holveck at bholveck@delawareonline.com. Follow him on Twitter @holveck_brandon.