- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2021

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to open a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site for six days beginning Saturday.

Officials said FEMA will provide resources and staffing and operational support at the vaccination site at Dover International Speedway.

State officials requested federal assistance to establish a vaccination site to provide second doses of vaccine to up to 3,000 Delawareans a day for six days.

The second-dose appointments will be available only for those who received first doses at one of four state-run mass vaccination events last month.

Appointments are required for the FEMA vaccination clinic and will be accepted starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

On arrival at the site, people will have to provide confirmation of their appointments and vaccination card with proof of their first COVID-19 vaccination.

Public health officials will initially schedule appointments for the first five days, Feb. 20-24, and will open the sixth day as needed.

A spokeswoman for the Division of Public Health said the state has reserved doses specifically for the FEMA events so that supply will be available. Delaware’s vaccine website showed about 7,500 doses remaining as of Tuesday afternoon. Officials said nearly 16,000 of the roughly 30,000 doses allocated to Delaware this week will be distributed for first-dose administration.

As of Tuesday, officials had reported 79,071 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Delaware and 1,291 COVID-related deaths. More than half the reported deaths involve residents of long-term care facilities, although long-term care residents account for less than 3% of COVID-19 cases.

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