Carney announces updates to COVID-19 vaccination program

Delaware News Desk
Gov. John Carney announced on March 5 an expansion of Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination program for educators, school staff and child care workers, in line with President Joe Biden's commitment to provide at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to school personnel by the end of March.

Gov. John Carney announced on March 5 an expansion of Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination program for educators, school staff and child care workers, in line with President Joe Biden's commitment to provide at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to school personnel by the end of March. 

The Delaware Division of Public Health, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and the Delaware Department of Education will host large vaccination events March 13 and 14 for educators, school staff and child care workers at Dover International Speedway, 1131 N. Dupont Highway. Early next week, DDOE will extend invitations for the Speedway event to educators, school staff and child care workers who have expressed interest in vaccination. 

Additionally, through a partnership between the federal government and Walgreens pharmacies, educators, school staff and child care workers can also sign up for appointments at Walgreens to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To prioritize educator vaccinations in Delaware through March and in accordance with federal guidance, Walgreens will pause new vaccination appointments for other eligible populations. 

Educators, school staff and child care workers can visit Walgreens.com to seek a vaccination appointment at Walgreens. Due to supply constraints, a limited number of appointments are available. Several thousand appointments will be available starting the week of March 8, as Walgreens receives additional supply from the federal government. Educators, school staff and child care workers will be notified when these additional appointments become available.  

The Delaware Department of Education, in partnership with Albertsons Pharmacy, already has vaccinated more than 5,500 educators and school staff, or roughly 1/3 of those who expressed interest in vaccination, and more than 1/2 of the 5,500 are fully vaccinated. More than 2,200 Delaware child care workers have also received at least their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. DDOE will continue to host regular K-12 and child care vaccination events and notify educators as additional appointments become available at Walgreens.  

Delaware is currently in Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination program. Visit de.gov/covidvaccine to learn more. 

Also on March 5, the state of Delaware began shipping doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to poultry companies to begin vaccinating their most vulnerable workers. The state and its partners have administered 253,535 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of midnight on March 5. 

“We are building on our ongoing efforts to prioritize vaccinations for educators, school staff and child care workers across our state who have stepped up throughout this COVID-19 crisis,” said Carney. “Our goal remains the same. We want to distribute this life-saving vaccine in a way that's fast and fair. Until we can vaccinate enough Delawareans, let’s continue to follow the basic health precautions. Wear a mask. Avoid gatherings. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Stay vigilant.” 

DDOE, through its partnership with Albertsons Pharmacy, has coordinated the vaccination of education personnel and child care providers since late January. More than 16,000 educators and school personnel requested vaccination through DDOE. Roughly 4,000 child care providers also requested vaccination. 

Learn more about Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination program at de.gov/covidvaccine.  

Find testing events and locations at de.gov/gettested.