Delaware submits COVID-19 vaccine 'playbook'

By KYW Newsradio 1060

WILMINGTON, Del. (KYW Newsradio) -- As the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, states are preparing plans for distribution when it's finally available in the United States. Delaware recently sent its vaccine plans to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"What we're calling our 'playbook,'" Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health, said. "It's really the scaffolding to build a plan for vaccine implementation in our state."

She says the plan includes "a phased approach."

"We know we're only going to get small amounts of vaccine to start with," she explained, "and it's going to be important that we allocate these to the most critical populations, guided by recommendations."

One group health Delaware officials will be keeping an eye on for those recommendations is the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. They're a committee of medical experts who are meeting at the end of the month to discuss vaccination priorities and the vaccines right now in clinical trial.

"We're now at a point where it's critical we work with a variety of different partner groups," Rattay added. "We have a task force that's going to begin weekly meetings. We have other groups -- for example, the hospital preparedness coalition -- and an ethics committee we'll be working very closely with."

She says, as the vaccine makes its way to Delaware, they're going to make sure to keep precise records. She says she just wants to make sure whatever vaccine comes their way is safe for Delawareans.

"It's going to be really important that we're able to very accurately record the information about which vaccines people receive, where they receive them, are there any side effects, etc.," Rattay said.

Coronavirus totals in Delaware remain elevated. At last check, the percent positives went up a full point in one week. Delaware has reported more than 23,000 total cases.​