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More vaccine coming to First State as Congressional delegation gets doses

Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons

Delaware’s Congressional delegation is among those getting COVID-19 vaccinations.

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester joined Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons in getting doses Saturday.

They received doses at the recommendation of the Capitol physician as part of continuity of government protocol.

In a video released by Delaware’s Dept of Public Health, they touted the importance of getting vaccinated and their desire to lead by example.


As of Saturday, Delaware had administered just over 2,000 Pfizer COVID vaccine doses to workers at six health care systems statewide and three long-term care facilities owned by Genesis HealthCare.

Another nearly 3,000 Pfizer does and 16,700 doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected to arrive in the next few days.  Hospitals and Health Centers like Henrietta Johnson Medical Center, Westside Family Healthcare and La Red Health Center will receive much of this next batch.  DPH will distribute the rest to EMS agencies

Delaware reported 1,044 new COVID-19 cases Friday.  The spike was in part due to reporting delays by some labs that led to only 323 cases being reported Thursday.

Hospitalizations statewide rose to a record 411 Friday, with 59 people are considered critically ill.

State health officials also announced another 4 COVID-related deaths, lifting the state’s death toll to 858. The state has recorded 63 deaths this month.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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