DPH Medical Director answers questions related to state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan
DELAWARE — Starting Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, Delaware residents ages 16 and up will be eligible to get the covid-19 vaccine.
The state says they’ve seen an increase in vaccine supply, so now, they are allowing those who want to get the vaccine a chance to find a shot. This comes after Johnson & Johnson received emergency authorization use of their vaccine by the FDA, making three different vaccines available to Americans.
But here’s where health experts say the problem lies, some people are worried one vaccine works better than the other, leading to missed opportunities of protection against the virus. The Department of Health’s medical director, Dr. Rick Hong, says not to worry, all three shots are extremely effective against COVID-19. He says,” Regardless of what is available, we recommend that people take the first vaccine available to them. Do not wait for one particular vaccine. Dr. Hong adds that DPH doesn’t see any vaccine inferior to the other.
Dr. Hong says there’s still a slight chance those who are vaccinated can contract the virus, so he warns that we still need to keep following safety measures like mask wearing, washing hands, and social distancing.