Gov. John Carney announces Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination program now open to individuals 16 and older

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health announced on Tuesday that Delawareans aged 16 and older may now get vaccinated.

Delawareans 16 and older may now register on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination waiting list online. Invitations to state vaccination events will be contingent on supply and prioritized based on age and other risk factors, including pre-existing conditions. Only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for those under 18.

Starting today, pharmacies will be allowed to begin vaccinating Delawareans 16 and older. Medical providers such as primary care doctors, specialty providers, and hospital systems will continue vaccinating only those aged 16 to 64 with moderate and high-risk medical conditions and disabilities.

Tuesday’s announcement makes all adults in the state of Delaware eligible for the vaccine several weeks ahead of President Biden’s target date of May 1st. This comes as the state sees infection rates steadily rising over the past couple of weeks, despite vaccines rolling out. Gov. Carney says in part quote, “We want all of those measures to got the other way. So we need to flatten the curve again. We need to keep making sure we’re careful when we’re in public spaces, keep your distance. Wear your face mask. Wear your face mask. Wear your face mask.” He says that’s the most important advice when it keeps to getting out of this pandemic.

As of Monday, Delaware providers had administered 502,927 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We’re told nearly 35 percent of the state’s population has received at least one shot.

Gov. Carney adds that 16 and 17 years old are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

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