The Delaware Division of Public Health has finalized its recommendation for groups to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Phase 1a vaccinations taking place from mid-December to mid-late March will include residents of long term care facilities.
Phase 1b vaccinations taking place from mid-late January to mid-late February will include those 65 years and older and frontline essential workers.
Beginning in late March, the remaining phase 1 groups including 16-64 year olds with high risk medical conditions, those in high-risk congregate settings and other essential workers will be vaccinated.
Phase 2 vaccinations will begin in mid-late April and will continue through July. This group includes 50-64 year olds and 16-49 year olds with moderate-risk medical conditions.
Phase 3 will get underway in mid-late May and include 16-49 year olds and phase 4 will begin in mid-late May and include anyone who did not have access to the vaccine in prior phases.
Officials including DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said important determine factors for each phase would include determine who is at greatest risk for death and illness from the virus, ensuring equitable distribution of the vaccine, and maintaining the functioning of critical health care systems.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are already being distributed in Delaware to hospitals including Lewes’ Beebe Hospital.