Delaware is hitting pause on giving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to thousands of first responders in the state.
The move affects an estimated 3,000 to 3,500 people, according to Delaware's Fire Prevention Commission.
The men and women on the front lines are seeing high COVID-19 call volume and are concerned about when they'll be fully protected from the virus.
"To be told a few days before you're supposed to get your second dose, it's a little disconcerting," says Robert Pappa, a Talleyville firefighter. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, Pappa, says his second dose vaccine appointment has been canceled. Thousands of other first responders in Delaware got the same alert.
"A lot of us are experiencing a lot of burnout because of everything going on, so we saw this vaccine as kind of a relief from that," says Pappa.
Notice of the change went out to firehouses throughout Delaware on Friday, which affects about 50 to 55 people in the Christiana Fire Department.