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UPDATE: The state announced late Saturday afternoon that  2,061 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine had been given to health care workers at six health care systems statewide and three long-term care facilities.

Delaware says 750 healthcare workers  had the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations by noon Friday.

Most of the first recipients were nurses, but the group included a doctor and administrator.

The number of vaccinations are expected to change rapidly as more frontline workers receive some of the 7,900 doses of vaccine that have arrived in Delaware.

Some of the first to be injected were:

 

  • Elisabeth Cote, a progressive care unit nurse at Bayhealth’s Kent County campus, was the first in Delaware.
  • Sintia Rodriguez, a nurse at Beebe Healthcare’s emergency department and behavioral health unit, was the first in Sussex County.
  • Kathleen Bonis, a respiratory therapist with ChristianaCare.
  • Dr. Aaron Weaver, a family practice doctor, was the first to receive the vaccine at Saint Francis Healthcare.
  • Vickie Freeman, a nurse with the Department of Pediatrics at Nemours duPont Hospital for Children.
  • Dr. Joseph Kim, a primary care provider with TidalHealth Nanticoke.
  • Lisa Wullschleger, an advanced practice nurse from Porter State Service Center in Wilmington, part of the Division of Public Health Clinic.
  • Warren Burke, executive director at Silver Lake Center, Genesis HealthCare in Dover; Center Nursing Executive Kerri Watson at Genesis Milford Center to receive the vaccine.

 

Public Health expects to receive an additional 2,925 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine next week with additional doses set aside for the federal program that has pharmacies  inoculating those in long-term care facilities.

State officials also hope to receive 16,700 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine  next week. which will go to hospitals, EMS, Health Centers such as La Red Medical Center, Westside Family Health and Henrietta Johnson Medical Center, DPH clinics, and others to continue to vaccinate staff.

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