Dover COVID-19 vaccine event to provide thousands of second doses. Here's how to sign up.

Brandon Holveck
Delaware News Journal

A six-day drive-thru event at Dover International Speedway will provide second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to thousands of Delawareans starting Saturday.

The speedway event is only for people who received first doses at the following state-run events in mid-January.

  • Dover DMV, Jan. 16 to Jan. 18
  • Salesianum School, Jan. 18
  • Delaware City DMV, Jan. 22 to Jan. 24
  • Georgetown DMV, Jan. 23 to Jan. 24

Registration for the event will open Wednesday at 11 a.m. at de.gov/fema. Appointments will be made through a scheduling system created by the Division of Public Health, not through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's VAMS system.

Those without internet access can call (833) 643-1715 to book an appointment starting at 11 a.m.

The vaccine event will run for six consecutive days and offer the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

NASCAR fans take photos in front of Miles the Monster before the Drydene 400 - Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff auto race, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at Dover International Speedway in Dover.

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Residents who received first doses outside the state-sponsored events are on their own to book a second appointment through a pharmacy, primary care office or other provider. Vaccinations can occur at different locations, but the vaccine should be from the same manufacturer.

The Dover International Speedway vaccination event is being run by the state in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It will have the capacity to vaccinate 3,000 people each day, according to a FEMA press release.

To make an appointment, residents will need the location and date of the state event they attended. Residents will be able to create an appointment for someone else after they create their own, allowing for a single email address to be tied to multiple appointments.

Vaccinations will occur between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. and will be scheduled in 15-minute windows. The state plans on scheduling appointments for the first five days only and will open the sixth day as needed, according to the FEMA press release.

The Food Bank of Delaware, DelDOT, the Delaware Army National Guard and scores of volunteers come together to serve as many as 2500 families in the Food Bank's Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry Wednesday at Dover International Speedway.

At the beginning of the month, Delaware turned the focus of its vaccine rollout to getting second doses to the thousands of people who received their first doses at state-run drive-thru events in January.

Last week, registration for the state's initial second-dose events filled up around three hours after opening, underscoring the demand for the state's limited vaccine supply.

The events scheduled last week are being held at Delaware Technical Community College campuses across the state for residents who received first doses at the Dover DMV and Salesianum events. From Monday to Thursday, the events will vaccinate around 4,000 people. They are offering only the Moderna vaccine.

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Last week, a Division of Public Health spokesperson said the state is not allowing everyone in need of a second dose to sign up for one at its second-dose events because providers have "an obligation" to try to provide second doses themselves.

"A provider of a first dose of the vaccine has an obligation to try to provide a second dose," Division of Public Health spokesperson Robin Bryson wrote in an email last week. "DPH has an obligation based to provide a second dose to those who received their first dose from DPH within the limits of supply and logistics. Second dose supplies are being allocated to other providers as supply allows so they can do the same."

Last week, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency's director, AJ Schall, said the state has opted to conduct events for first and second doses separately, at least initially, to simplify the logistics of running the events.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Delaware had administered 154,483 of the 162,050 doses (95%) it has received.

The state's vaccine tracker does not provide information on second doses.

Delaware is in phase 1B of its vaccination plan, meaning health care workers, first-responders, long-term care staff and residents and some front-line essential workers, as well as everyone 65 and older, are eligible for the vaccine.

Since moving to phase 1B on Jan. 19, Delaware has focused on vaccinating people 65 and older. The group accounts for 14% of the state's COVID-19 cases and 84% of its COVID-19-related deaths.

The prevalence of COVID-19 in Delaware has plummeted over the past month. For the first time since Nov. 26, fewer than 200 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday.

Delaware set a record with 474 hospitalizations on Jan. 12.

Over the past week, Delaware has averaged 318.1 cases per day, down more than 50% from a month prior.

What you need to prepare for the event

Only people with appointments will be vaccinated at the Dover International Speedway event, the state says. Here's what those with appointments should prepare for.

  • The vaccination site can be accessed via Dover International Speedway's Leipsic Road entrance, not the main entrance from Route 13.
  • To reduce waiting, the state is urging those with appointments not to show up more than an hour early.
  • Come with a full tank of gas.
  • Bring personal identification (driver's license or photo ID).
  • Bring your vaccination card to prove when and where you received your first vaccination. If you lost your vaccination card, email your name and date of birth to vaccine@delaware.gov or call (833) 643-1715.
  • Bring confirmation of your appointment.
  • Come with snacks for waiting in line.

Contact Brandon Holveck at bholveck@delawareonline.com. Follow him on Twitter @holveck_brandon.