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Delaware continues its push to vaccinate

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State officials continue to promote the COVID vaccine and increased the number of Delawareans getting shots.

“So, bottom line: the way we defeat this pandemic is by getting all eligible persons vaccinated,” said state Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay at a press conference Tuesday.   

Delaware has been working to vaccinate children ages 12 to 15 since they got the go ahead to do so last week from the CDC.

Officials say more than 2,000 kids have gotten the shot so far at state clinics and pediatric providers. And many others are signing up for vaccination events at schools.

The state is also noting progress vaccinating people who are homebound. Rattay says the state has administered the shot, or at least reached out, to all people on a list of homebound individuals statewide.

She says the state is also continuing its ad campaign to promote the vaccine—now with images of Delawareans enjoying basic freedoms and linking those freedoms to vaccination status.

“These ads feature real Delawareans who show examples of what we can get back to doing and enjoying once we are vaccinated,” said Rattay. “So this picture is of two friends having a cookout—something we know many people have missed doing over the last year.”    

More than half of those 16 and older statewide have received at least one shot of vaccine. And more than 350,000 people statewide are fully vaccinated.

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