Delaware vaccination whole inches upward to 36,634 as feds say 2nd dose stash would not exist
Delaware health care providers have now administered 36,634 doses of Covid-19 vaccine as the total supply approached 78,000 doses
Figures come from the Delaware Division of Public Health’s Vaccination Tracker.
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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine dashboard shows Delaware receiving about 91,000, with 31,000 vaccinations. About 5,000 people have received a second vaccine dose.
Delaware Division of Public Health officials noted that vaccinations and suppliers are higher than current figures suggest due to lag times in reporting and vaccines being shipped directly to providers and nursing. homes. To access the Delaware dashboard, click here.
Long-term care vaccinations are taking place under a separate federal program that uses pharmacists to inoculate residents.
Unhappiness over pace of vaccinations
The latest figures are not expected to quell critics who claim the state is moving too slowly in Phase 1A vaccinations of health care workers and first responders.
CDC figures show New England states, Texas the Dakotas, New Mexico and Montana leading the pack in the number of vaccinations per 100,000 population.
States received disappointing news this week when it was learned that the federal government was not holding back second doses of vaccine, The Hill and other media outlets reported.
That means Delaware will have more difficulty in moving toward Phase B. The state will have to manage current supplies and set aside second doses. As noted above, only 5,000 second vaccinations have been administered in the state.
Phase 1B in Delaware includes a large contingents that includes essential workers and those over the age of 65. Delaware’s over 65 population alone is estimated at 190,000 and would require upwards of 400,000 doses of Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Moving to 1B
Delaware is testing out mass vaccinations through Department of Motor Vehicle locations, with pharmacies also expected to be a key part of the system.
The state is also seeking health care professionals to administer the vaccinations and deal with accompanying paperwork that will include reminding those vaccinated to get the required second dose.
A likely partner will be Curative, which has been working with the state on its Covid-19 testing program.
The latest figures show the Moderna vaccine in greater supply by a nearly two to one margin.
Delaware has sufficient cold storage capacity for 300,000 doses
The Moderna vaccine can be stored in a standard freezer, while the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine requires specialized equipment.
President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to increase production of vaccines and speed up distribution with federal programs.
Under the Trump Administration, vaccine distribution has been handed over to states with governor’s complaining about receiving lower-than-expected vaccine dosages.
Promising development at J&J
One potentially promising development this week came with early indications that the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine has proven to be effective, based on data from early trials. Production problems have been reported with the vaccine, although company officials remain upbeat about meeting goals, the Fierce Pharma website reported.
Companies produce vaccines in advance of a final decision from the Food and Drug Administration.
It is possible, the vaccine will be available in March.
AstraZeneca also has a promising two-dose vaccine, with regulators awaiting results of trials. AZ has operations in Delaware.