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How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine in Delaware

En español | Who can get vaccinated now?

  • Everyone age 12 and up 
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A health care worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Christiana Hospital
in Newark.
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Where can I get vaccinated?  

  • Government-run vaccination sites, hospitals, local pharmacies, some doctor’s offices, and mass vaccination sites, with some locations welcoming walk-ins, no appointment necessary. To find a site near you and check its status, check the health department's website. If you'd rather make an appointment, schedule one online or by calling 844-930-1779
  • Certain pharmacies, including some CVS, Walgreens, Sam's Club, and Rite Aid locations, don’t require appointments for vaccinations. But if you'd prefer to schedule your shot in advance, links to pharmacy appointments are on the state’s COVID-19 website. Follow the links and book online.
  • The federal government’s vaccines website, www.vaccines.gov, lets you search for vaccination sites by zip code, with links to appointments. Get the same information by texting your zip code to 438829 or by calling 800-232-0233 (TTY: 888-720-7489). 
  • Many transit agencies are offering free or discount rides to and from vaccination sites. So are Uber and Lyft. Book a ride through their mobile apps or online.

For more information, check Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccine site or call the state’s vaccine call center at 833-643-1715. You can also email vaccine@delaware.gov with questions.

AARP recommends that you talk to your doctor about the safety, effectiveness, benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine. Older adults, especially those with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, are at increased risk for hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

What should I bring to my vaccination appointment?

Some vaccination sites ask for proof of identity or eligibility. Officials recommend that you bring a driver’s license or other state-issued ID that shows your name, age and state residency, and your health insurance card if you have one. You will not be charged, but the vaccine provider may bill your insurer a fee for administering the vaccine.

If you are prioritized because of an underlying medical condition or based on your work, you may need a note from your doctor, a pay stub or badge, or some other form of proof. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says to wear a mask at your appointment. 

How are nursing home residents and others in long-term care being vaccinated?  

Most residents and staff of long-term care facilities in Delaware are being vaccinated through a federal program that contracted with CVS and Walgreens to administer COVID-19 vaccines at free on-site clinics. Apart from a very small number of outstanding clinics, the program is complete.

To ensure long-term care facilities still have access to COVID-19 vaccines — for new residents or staff, or for residents and staff who were initially hesitant to receive the shots — the federal government is continuing to allocate vaccines to pharmacies partnered with long-term care facilities.

Which vaccines require a second shot?

The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna require two doses. If you get one of these vaccines, you’ll need a follow-up dose to be effectively immunized. It’s not yet known how long immunity from a coronavirus vaccine lasts and whether it needs to be administered on a regular basis like a flu shot. 

The recommended second-shot date is three weeks after a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and four weeks for Moderna’s, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says an interval of up to 42 days is acceptable. Delaware has ordered vaccination providers to give second doses to people who got their first shot from them, if requested, and to prioritize second shots over offering a first dose to an unvaccinated person if they don’t have enough supply to do both.

When you get your first dose you should receive a card noting the date and vaccine type — keep it as a record and a reminder of when to get the booster shot. The state’s coronavirus website has a detailed page on obtaining your second dose.

Johnson & Johnson's vaccine requires just one shot. Federal officials warn that the vaccine has been connected with rare, severe blood clots in a small number of recipients, especially in women age 50 years and younger.

It’s not yet known how long immunity from a coronavirus vaccine lasts and whether it needs to be administered on a regular basis like a flu shot. Visit the CDC's COVID-19 vaccines page for more information.

Do I have to pay for the vaccination?

You should not have any out-of-pocket costs for getting the vaccine. AARP fought to make sure the federal government is covering the cost of the vaccine itself. Providers can recoup a fee for administering the shot, but not from consumers. They would be reimbursed by the patient’s insurance company or the government (in the case of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and the uninsured, for example).

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What should I do with my vaccine card?

You should get a small white card at your vaccination appointment with your name, birth date, name of the vaccine you received and the date it was administered. If you receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, bring your card when you get your second shot.

You may need your vaccine card for certain kinds of travel or other activities, so keep it in a safe place. You can take a photo of it with your smartphone for your own records. Experts say that posting a photo of your card to social media could make you vulnerable to identity theft. If you lose your card or did not receive one, contact your vaccine provider or your local health department to get a copy.

When will kids be able to get vaccinated? 

Pfizer’s vaccine is authorized for those age 12 and older; the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for those 18 and older. Both Pfizer and Moderna are researching how their vaccines work in children as young as 6 months. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said he expects that all kids will likely be eligible by early next year.

Should I still wear a mask after getting vaccinated?   

It takes two weeks to build immunity after the single-dose shot and after the second dose of the two-dose shots. After that, the CDC says, fully vaccinated people can gather indoors and outdoors without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by state and federal law and local business and workplace requirements. 

The CDC recommends continuing to wear a mask on planes, buses and trains and other shared transport while traveling into, within or out of the United States, and while at transportation hubs like airports and stations. 

This guide was updated on June 9 with information about free and discount rides to vaccine sites.
 

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