Delaware Senate President Dave Sokola was among those to be vaccinated on Friday at Mill Creek Fire Hall in Wilmington.
Sokola’s wife and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long were on-site administering the vaccines when Sokola says he received a call from Hall Long to come down after it was evident they’d have extra doses following a cancellation from a large healthcare group.
“I am by the way 65,” said Sokola, D-Newark. “I know that when Lt. Governor Hall Long calls people, because she gets information that there’s going to be openings, she calls people who she knows are going to be in 1b. And I know others that she’s called by the way, but I won’t tell their names.”
On Friday, the State of Delaware was only supposed to be administering vaccinations to those who fell into the 1a phase, which includes health care personnel with direct patient contact and care, emergency medical services agencies, and long-term care staff and residents.
“The reality is they want to use up the shots,” Sokola said Monday. “I was told when my wife got home later that night that they used all the shots. No first responder did not get a shot. It was by in large a very successful event.”
1b includes senior citizens age 65 and older, as well as those considered front-line essential workers including police, fire, teachers, child care providers, food processing workers, correctional officers, postal service personnel, public transit and grocery workers.
Not everyone in the 1b phase will be able to be vaccinated at once due to limited supply of vaccine.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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