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Governor John Carney, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and Bayhealth announced that the first Delawarean received the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday morning at Bayhealth’s Kent campus in Dover.

Elisabeth Cote, a progressive care unit nurse at Bayhealth, received the vaccine roughly 24 hours after the first shipment arrived at Bayhealth on Monday. Cote is part of the Phase 1a group of frontline health care staff who are slated to receive the vaccine first.

“After nine long months fighting COVID-19, this is a moment of hope for Delaware and for our country. There is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Governor Carney. “Delaware’s nurses, doctors, nursing assistants, and non-medical staff have all demonstrated courage and leadership every day of this COVID-19 crisis. Now, nurses like Elisabeth Cote are leading by example again by stepping up to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It is because of them that we will beat this pandemic and come out stronger on the other side.”

Bayhealth is the first health care system in Delaware to receive the vaccine.

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