As of Monday Feb. 1, 11.4 percent of Kent County’s population has received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, exceeding the state average of seven percent, said Kent Health Officer William Webb in an interview on Monday.
He said demand for the vaccines continues to far exceed the supply.
The Kent County Health Department has received 3,700 vaccine doses since the vaccination program began on Dec. 28, and includes 700 doses allocated for the week of Feb. 1.
Of the 3,700 doses received, 2,200 are FIRST doses and 1,443 have been administered.
The county has received 1,500 SECOND doses and 224 have been administered.
Webb said SECOND doses just began last week at the health department and accounts for the high inventory there. He said appointments for the current inventory of SECOND doses have been scheduled over the next two and half weeks.
Webb said there is now a focus on SECOND doses.
“SECOND doses are a priority over first doses at this point because of a time window that requires a second dose in four weeks,” he said.
But he said the CDC issued guidance last week that allows for up to six weeks to pass before receiving the second dose.
“It provides us some flexibility in that the second dose doesn’t have to happen exactly on Day 28,” he said.
The health department was scheduled to administer a total of 1,100 vaccines (a mix of first and second doses) this week but appointments for Monday, Feb. 1 were moved to Monday, Feb. 8 due to inclement weather, Webb said.
He said nearly 676 FIRST doses and over 200 SECOND doses were were administered in the week of Jan. 25.
Webb said he is working with the county to move all vaccination activity managed by the health department to the Kent County Community Center in Worton — where the large gym and ample parking can support expanding vaccination program to five days per week.
There are currently no available appointments for vaccines this week.
Visit the the health department website for more information on appointments and availability.