HARRINGTON — Along with the wild rides and savory snacks, fairgoers can get a free COVID-19 vaccine at the Delaware State Fair, hosted by the Division of Public Health.
From 2 to 8 p.m. in the Dover Building, people can receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The nurses at the fair booth encourage people to get the vaccine, not only to protect themselves but for the safety of others as well.
Nurse Jake Mills said it is very important to him that he protect the people around him.
“I wouldn’t want my 90-year-old grandma to die (because of me),” he said.
Another nurse, Jessica Everett, explained that the vaccine also protects people from new variants, as well.
Having a vaccination booth at the fair allows a greater portion of the population of Delaware to be vaccinated, but also educates the public about the vaccines being administered. At the booth, they provide three handouts about the vaccines, with information such as the differences between the vaccines and the production of the vaccines.
One of the flyers explains how effective each vaccine is, how old you must be to get the vaccine and how many people were tested in the clinical trials of the vaccines in order to ensure people that what is being put in their body is safe.
For those that are hesitant or scared of getting a vaccine, Mr. Mills advises consulting your doctor. Candi Biles, program coordinator for the Division of Public Health, urges everyone to “trust the science and our leader.”
The goal of the booth is to reach out to the unvaccinated citizens of Delaware and to vaccinate as many people as possible.
As of Friday, approximately 40 people had been vaccinated at the Delaware State Fair, according to DPH.
Since only the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine is given out, people are given a paper with a list of walk-in locations for ages 12 and up to receive the second dose of the vaccine.
Ms. Biles believes getting vaccinated is the right choice for people to make, noting that there are worse things than getting vaccinated.
“It’s a small action that you can make for your community and the alternative is scarier,” she said.
This article was produced with support of a grant from the Delaware Community Foundation. For more information, visit delcf.org/journalism.