Delaware is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination plan.

The following people are eligible:

  • Persons ages 16 and older.

NOTE: People under age 18 wishing to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian attend the vaccination with them.

As vaccine supply becomes available, ChristianaCare anticipates offering vaccinations in line with the state’s plans. We receive our supply of vaccine from the state and we are not able to predict how much vaccine we receive or when we will receive it.

Each individual who wishes to express interest in getting vaccinated must complete the form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness

All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible. Systems that allow CDC to watch for safety issues are in place across the entire country.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines that have been shown to meet rigorous safety criteria and be effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials. Clinical trials for all vaccines must first show they meet rigorous criteria for safety and effectiveness before any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, can be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine.

Side effects of the vaccine are typically mild and last about one day, and they are more common after the second dose. Side effects can include arm pain or swelling, tiredness, headache, fever or chills. These side effects are normal and are a sign that the vaccine is starting to protect you.

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Wait at least 14 days before getting any other vaccine, including a flu or shingles vaccine, if you get your COVID-19 vaccine first. And if you get another vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

If a COVID-19 vaccine is inadvertently given within 14 days of another vaccine, you do not need to restart the COVID-19 vaccine series; you should still complete the series on schedule. When more data are available on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, CDC may update this recommendation.

Vaccine Distribution

For detailed information about Delaware’s vaccine eligibility, please refer to the state’s website here. Currently in Delaware, the following people are eligible to receive the vaccine:

  • Persons ages 16 and older.

ChristianaCare is working to make the vaccination process as fair and equitable as possible following State of Delaware guidance, while taking into account the needs of vulnerable populations and people with moderate or severe health risks.

ChristianaCare is following the state of Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination plan and partnering with the Delaware Division of Public Health to vaccinate people in our community.

We are administering the vaccines according to state guidelines.

We are not able to depart from the state plan, and our ability to provide vaccines is solely dependent upon the supply that we receive from the state. As our supply from the state allows, we anticipate scheduling appointments for those who express interest and who meet the state’s criteria for eligibility throughout each phase of the state’s vaccination plan. We have no other means to secure the vaccine other than from the state.

ChristianaCare has set up a website where members of our community can indicate their interest in getting the COVID-19 vaccine. In order to express interest on the site, you must meet the state’s eligibility requirements for being vaccinated. Please complete the interest form and register your vaccination interest.

As we receive vaccine supply from the state, we will contact people who have expressed an interest in getting vaccinated to let them know when a vaccination appointment is available for them.

In addition, we encourage people to request a state of Delaware vaccination appointment, and to take the first opportunity for vaccine that becomes available to them.

ChristianaCare will offer future vaccination events as vaccine supply from the state allows. Refer to this website for the most up-to-date information.

Just after you complete the interest form at this website you will see a thank you notification. This tells you we have received your information and have it on file for future vaccination events.

Some people signed up on the ChristianaCare site but only entered one form for two people in the household. Every person must be registered individually and under their own name. It’s ok to share a cell phone number, and appointment texts are sent with a personalized greeting with the first name of the registrant. If you don’t think you registered each person separately, please register each person who is eligible for vaccination. Each individual who wishes to express interest in getting vaccinated must complete their own form.

We cannot guarantee that individuals and their spouses who completed the form at the same time will be scheduled for the same appointment time. However, if both spouses have appointments scheduled for the same day but during different time slots, you may bring your spouse to your appointment time slot to be vaccinated.

ChristianaCare is providing vaccinations at centralized locations that require an appointment. You must have a scheduled appointment to show up; no walk-ups are allowed.

ChristianaCare is receiving from the state two vaccines currently approved and available: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. The vaccines are very similar in terms of their safety and effectiveness. The vaccine that you receive will be determined by the available supply at the time you receive your vaccination—you will not be able to choose which vaccine you receive.

Your Vaccination

For people who have expressed interest in being vaccinated, we will keep your name on our interest list for future vaccination events.

Those who need assistance can have a companion with them. However, we cannot vaccinate the companion unless they have an appointment.

You do not need to pay to receive the vaccination even if you don’t have insurance. However, we are collecting insurance information and will bill insurance for administrative fees as currently permitted under state and federal guidelines. You will NOT need to pay a co-pay.

No. Our supply of vaccine is what we get from the state.

You must receive two doses to be considered fully vaccinated. For the Pfizer vaccine, the two doses should be approximately three weeks apart, and for the Moderna vaccine, they should be approximately four weeks apart.

If you received your COVID vaccination dose one from ChristianaCare, thank you for taking steps toward helping us to stop the spread of COVID-19. We have your contact details and will contact you with information about how to receive dose two when it’s closer to the time for your next vaccination.

Community Vaccination Events

If you registered your interest to receive a vaccination from ChristianaCare using our interest form, we will contact you as our supply allows. We additionally encourage people to request a vaccination appointment at other locations or through the state of Delaware's website, and to take the first opportunity for vaccine that becomes available to them.

We are making every effort to invite people from the same household to be vaccinated at the same time.

Yes, if both spouses have appointments scheduled for the same day but during different time slots, you may bring your spouse to your appointment time slot to be vaccinated.

According to the CDC, you should get your second shot as close to the recommended 3-week or 1-month interval as possible. However, if you are unable to get your second dose at that time, you should still get your second dose when it becomes available. There is no need to start over if you do not receive a second dose within the recommended time.

We are sorry to hear that you couldn’t answer the message on your phone. Please come to the vaccination event anyway because you are in our database and we sent you an invitation.

Yes, If you got your 1st dose vaccination at a different location than ChristianaCare, you can get your 2nd dose at ChristianaCare.

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