Delays, visitors back-ups reported at DMV websites handing Covid-19 vaccinations

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Traffic back-ups and delays were reported on Saturday as thousands over the age of 65 received Covid-19 vaccinations at DMV sites in Georgetown and Delaware City.

The Delaware Division of Public Health cautioned that only those with reservations will receive vaccine.

There have been cases of people who are only registered on the state website attempting to get vaccine without confirmed reservation. Rumors also persist about extra doses being available for latecomers without reservations.

The back-ups led Delaware State Police to advise motorists to avoid the area near the DMV site off DuPont Highway.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY- Travelers are urged to avoid S DuPont Hwy in the area of Wrangle Hill Rd, and SR 1 N/B and S/B in the area of the Wrangle Hill Rd/DE City Exit, due to heavy traffic for the COVID 19 vaccination clinic being held until 4:00p.m. at the Delaware City DMV.

— Delaware State Police (@DEStatePolice) January 23, 2021

The division also advised those with appointments for vaccination events on Sunday to fill out their medical history information in their VAMS account before attending the event, rather than risk delays.

The state saw similar delays in earlier events and vaccinated those who were eligible, but has since moved to a stricter policy.

Complaints about the lines and their effect on the elderly were widespread on social media, with calls for portable toilets and other measures. The complaints did not extend to those staffing the events.

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