What you need to know ahead of Delaware’s vaccination events this weekend

By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Delaware transitioned to the next phase of its vaccination plan earlier this week, which adds educators, fire and police officers, and other essential workers to the list of people eligible for shots.

Health care workers and long-term care residents and staff who have not yet received the vaccine can still get it.

Also added to the eligibility list are people 65 and older.

On Wednesday, all eligible Delawareans were allowed to start registering for a handful of vaccination events taking place at DMVs across the state this weekend, including the Delaware City and Georgetown DMV locations.

But if you didn’t sign up in advance, or you didn’t get approved yet, don’t show up. The drive-thru vaccinations are by appointment only.

“We’re going to be checking driver’s licenses as well as looking for your registration,” said Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay, “so these events going forward are all for people who have registered and received an invitation.”

Unlike previous events that were first-come, first-served, that’s not the case anymore. Officials say this will allow them to keep these events more organized.

Once you arrive — assuming you got an invitation, of course — Rattay said it’s a pretty simple process.

“As you go through the steps and you’re kind of waiting in line, you get the paperwork,” she said. “We ask people to read it and to download this app that allowed you to interact with folks. It also gives you reminders about your next shot.”

And contrarily, if you did receive an invitation but it turns out you can’t go, Rattay asks that you please let the state know.

“Let’s say somebody got themselves on the waitlist but then they got their vaccine at the pharmacy and they don’t need to use it,” she said. “We want to give that slot away to somebody else, so try to keep an eye on your email.”

What about two-home owners — people with a house in Delaware and another outside the First State?

“If your number comes up when you’re in Delaware, then you should get your vaccine in Delaware,” Rattay said during a Q&A earlier this week. “We’re really asking people who don’t live in our state, unless you work here and your employer is offering it to you, to not come to Delaware.”

During the public, online Q&A, residents inquired about the lack of these vaccination events in places closer to Philadelphia, like Wilmington. Most are taking place in the central part of the state or lower.

Officials ensured there will be more events like these popping up in the near future.

To learn more about the vaccine in Delaware and register to make a vaccine appointment, click here. Only your name, birthday, address and any health conditions are initially needed to register.