Vaccinations continue despite shortage

Delaware County is continuing to vaccinate specific personnel cited in the Phase 1A portion of the program despite a shortage of vaccine.

There's no time frame yet for the Phase 1B  of COVID-19 vaccinations. (Image from Chester County's vaccine webpage.)

“Due to the limited supply of the vaccine, healthcare workers, EMS staff, long-term care facilities, and medical examiner and funeral staff are the priority for vaccination distribution,” a press release said.

To date, 12,343 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, the release said, which is similar to other counties.

“Delaware County is committed to ensuring a safe and timely distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination and continues to work with the County’s hospitals and the Chester County Health Department to administer the vaccine as quickly as possible,” according to the release.

With no health department in Delaware County, the Chester County Health Department is coordinating all efforts.

“Delaware County and the Chester County Health Department are eager to move to Phase 1B as quickly as possible, however, we must be sure we can do so without being limited by our vaccine supply,” the county said.

Phase 1B includes childcare staff, corrections staff, county, and municipal administration staff, educators/education staff, firefighters, food and agriculture staff, grocery store staff, law enforcement, manufacturing staff, transit staff, U.S. Postal Service staff, and residents age 75 years and older.

The COVID-19 vaccine is not a cure for the virus, the press release said. It is another tool against COVID-19, so people should continue to practice other mitigation efforts, such as wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing.

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