Week of 4/5 Vaccine Talking Points
The Governor announced that all Delawareans 16+ are now eligible to be vaccinated on April 6. How will people sign up?
- Beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, Delawareans 16+ can get vaccinated at pharmacies, sign up on the state waitlist, or get vaccinated at a community event.
- Note: Delawareans 16 & 17 are only eligible to receive Pfizer vaccine, as Moderna and J&J are approved for 18+.
- Vaccination opportunities at state coordinated events will be dependent upon supply and prioritized based on age and underlying health conditions.
Does this mean people will be getting the vaccine by April 6? By May 1?
- This does not mean appointments will be immediately available on April 6.
- Appointments will be prioritized based on age and health risk factors.
- Speed of vaccination opportunities is dependent upon whether supplies continue to increase and remain steady.
- Many will receive their vaccinations in April and beyond.
- The hope is to be able to hold gatherings with fewer restrictions this Summer.
Do I have to wear a mask after being fully vaccinated?
- It’s very important to continue protection protocols even after getting the vaccine.
- Medical experts feel very confident that the COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from the virus and help get us all back to normal — but not before a large number of people get the vaccine.
- Getting the vaccine does not give you the all-clear to stop masking up and practicing social distancing.
- It is very important to continue to protect yourself and loved ones, and prevent the spread of COVID-19 — even after you get the vaccine — by continuing wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and staying home if you’re sick.
Can I choose which vaccine I get?
- We recommend that people take the first vaccine available to them.
- All three vaccines are equally important in preventing illness and death.
- They all are 100% effective in preventing death and highly effective at preventing hospitalization and serious illness.
- We don’t see any vaccine as being inferior to the other.
- There is no penalty to decline.
- If you don’t take advantage of your first invitation, you will get another opportunity in the future.
- To view a comparison of the three vaccines currently available, visit de.gov/covidvaccine.
Where can we find J&J vaccines?
- When it is your turn, please get vaccinated where available, regardless of vaccine type.
- They all are 100% effective in preventing death and hospitalization.
Will the vaccine affect fertility?
- Pregnant individuals are at an increased risk for severe illness for COVID-19 when compared to non-pregnant people.
- There has been no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes pregnancy or fertility problems.
- Pregnant women may choose to be vaccinated when it is offered and should speak to their physician about their options.
- According to the CDC, the vaccinated mother will transfer protection to the child by transplacental transfer of IgG antibody to the infant, also through breastfeeding.
Do we have AstraZeneca vaccines in the state?
- No, the AstraZeneca vaccine has not been up for consideration by the FDA for emergency use authorization (EUA). The FDA is the federal agency which must review clinical trial data and approve the EUA request in order for it to be administered in the U.S.
The CDC recently updated their list of high-risk conditions. What do these include?
- The CDC added substance abuse disorders, as well as sickle cell disease and pulmonary hypertension to their list of high-risk medical conditions.
- Delaware agrees with this and has also expanded our high-risk condition list to include those previously mentioned along with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities.
- View updated list of medical conditions that increase risk of COVID-19 at: de.gov/getmyvaccine.