Answered By: Adara Scholl
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2021     Views: 58

The development of one or more vaccines against COVID-19 has been something the American public has been eagerly waiting for. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the currently available vaccines have been identified as being at least 94% effective at preventing the virus, and serious side effects are exceedingly rare. 

Vaccination is free for all Delawareans and are being provided in phases. For the most current information regarding which phase is active and who qualifies for receiving a vaccine at this time, please click here

There are multiple locations throughout the state of Delaware for residents to receive a vaccination, including pharmacies, various medical providers, and large vaccination events scheduled to occur throughout the state. There is also a new appointment request system for residents 65 and older. If you qualify and would like to schedule an appointment, please click here to be directed to the request form. 

Please note that vaccinations within the state of DE are free. If you are told that any form of payment is involved, it is a scam and should be reported to local authorities. You may also file a complaint directly with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) here. For more information regarding COVID-19 vaccination scams, see the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network here, or visit the OIG website here

Also note, first responders and those who qualify as a frontline essential worker should receive information regarding getting vaccinated directly from their employer. 

You may call 211 to be connected directly with a state resource specialist who can answer your general questions and concerns regarding the vaccine. For those who are hard of hearing, please text your zip code to 898-211 to receive this service. For any specific health related questions, you may contact the Department of Health via email at 

Please visit the CDC website and/or the Delaware COVID-19 Response site for the most current COVID-19 information affecting DE. You may also contact the Department of Health Directly, via phone at 1-833-643-1715 or via email at 

Lastly, below are some helpful sites for general state COVID-19 information and downloadable Fact Sheets from the Department of Public Health. As always, the Delaware library staff are here for you!  See these additional FAQs, too!

- Delaware Libraries COVID-19 LibGuide

- Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) Library Coronavirus guide

- Vaccination Allocation Timeline 

- COVID-19 testing sites 

- COVID-19 DE Data Dashboard 

- State of Emergency Active Restrictions