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In recent weeks, the question on employers’ minds has been when Delaware would move Covid-19 vaccinations to Phase 1C. The category was expected to include a large percentage of the public-facing workforce.
We received an answer that some will not like yesterday at Gov. John Carney’s weekly Covid-19 briefing.
With vaccine in greater supply and about two-thirds of Delaware’s over 65 population getting shots, Carney announced that the state would add those over 50 to the vaccination eligibility list. Also eligible will be those with underlying medical conditions, another group that Covid-19 preys upon.
Determining the seriousness of underlying conditions is the tricky part. Obviously, the State of Delaware can’t look through medical records. That task will be left up to physicians. If their practices are not offering vaccines, those deemed eligible will be referred to the state’s hospital systems.
With no online access for obvious reasons, expect phone lines to be jammed at your doctor’s office. An email is an option at some practices.
Meanwhile, Delaware and other states are moving toward a May 1 deadline. President Biden has declared that all Americans should be able to sign up for vaccinations by that date.
For now, it appears that vaccinations of educators and poultry processing workers, as well as ongoing efforts to get shots to vulnerable communities, the fragile elderly, and others, will make Phase 1C largely meaningless.
Left out are frontline workers in retail, restaurants, casinos, hotels and the list goes on.
It is true that adding thousands of people to the vaccine pool will make it temporarily tougher for the more vulnerable to the virus to get vaccines.
Regardless, giving 1B preference to those who work near customers would seem to be a sound public health strategy to this layman.
Meanwhile, restaurantworkers in seventeen states, including California and New York, are now eligible for vaccines, with two more states expected to join that group. – Doug Rainey, chief content officer.