Delaware hospitals, health care systems, and medical providers, including doctor's offices, can now vaccinate any Delawarean ages 16 and older, regardless of medical conditions, effective immediately.
"This news means that any eligible Delawarean who wants a COVID-19 vaccine should be able to get one - whether it’s at their doctor’s office, a local pharmacy, or a community vaccination event," said Governor John Carney in a prepared statement.
They had previously been limited to vaccinating Delawareans with high-risk medical conditions.
"We've encouraged all of our partners to work through that prioritization list, but now we're basically saying you can open it up to distributing it, administering a vaccine to the total 16 and over eligible population," said Carney said Tuesday at his weekly coronavirus news conference. "We want to thank, frankly, the physician's offices, health care providers, our hospital partners, for focusing on those with pre-existing health conditions because that was something they could do a lot better than us, knowing the conditions of those folks."
However, some doctor's offices may be reserving vaccinations for existing patients.
As of Monday, April 12, the state's vaccine tracker shows Delaware providers had administered 568,003 doses, including first and second doses, of the COVID-19 vaccine.