COVID Update - April 7: Vaccine Registration and Eligibility, Re-Opening Guidance

Posted by
Tatiana Johnson
April 7, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

Spring is upon us, with warm weather filling our parks and streateries. While vaccination rates are increasing rapidly, we have a long way to go. Please continue to wear a mask, wash and sanitize your hands, keep six feet from others, and avoid large group gatherings and poorly ventilated spaces.

Beginning Monday, April 19th, all DC residents ages 16 and over will become eligible to receive the vaccine. Individuals in priority groups will continue to be prioritized in securing appointments.

Below, you will find updated information on how to get vaccinated. I will continue working with the Mayor, my colleagues, and other District officials to ensure that we can get all of our residents vaccinated as quickly as possible. Please get vaccinated as soon as you can, and help and encourage those around you to do the same.

Because information is changing quickly, we encourage you to check the COVID-19 resources page on our website frequently. Our website is updated every 1-2 days to ensure that the Ward 2 community has a designated place to receive the latest information. Please continue to exercise good judgement and support our local businesses as we all work to recover.

In this newsletter you will find information concerning:

  • Vaccine Eligibility & Priority Populations
  • Vaccination Distribution & Related Statistics
  • Re-Opening Guidance
  • How to Help Get Your Neighbors Vaccinated & Re-Open DC

Yours in Service,


Vaccine Eligibility and Prioritization

On Monday, April 12, the District of Columbia will enter Phase 1C Tier 3, making the following populations eligible to book a vaccination appointment at

All essential employees of institutions of higher education (i.e., colleges, universities, and trade schools),

  • Individuals working in construction,
  • All essential employees working in information technology,
  • Essential employees in federal government agencies, and
  • Individuals working in commercial and residential property management.

One week later, on Monday, April 19, the District will enter Phase 2 of the vaccination program. At that time, all District residents aged 16 and older will be eligible to book a vaccination appointment.

The District government has also partnered with CVS Pharmacies to vaccinate childcare/healthcare workers, teachers and school staff, and residents 65 and older.

For a full list of eligible populations, including qualifying medical conditions, and for information on how to book a vaccination appointment with healthcare facilities, please visit our website at:  

Vaccine Distribution - Data and Site Locations

DC Health reports that of the vaccine allocation it receives, 89.3% of the doses have been administered. Furthermore, the federal government is upping its direct vaccine allotment to pharmacies and community health centers nationwide, helping us to meet the growing demand and need as best as possible.

As of Monday, April 5, the DC COVID-19 vaccination data dashboard stated that over 343,000 total doses have been administered and that 12.3% of residents are fully vaccinated.

Residents in the District of Columbia are currently being serviced by the following high-capacity vaccination sites:

  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest,
  • Arena Stage in Southwest,
  • Entertainment and Sports Arena in Southeast,
  • Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southeast, and
  • Providence Health Systems in Northeast.

For a Ward-by-Ward breakdown of the total COVID positive cases in the District of Columbia, please see the graphic below.

Guidance on Re-Opening

During a press conference held on Monday, April 5, Mayor Bowser shared that due to the increase in vaccinations, certain activities will be permissible or “dialed-up” by May 1 and provided guidance for entertainment and cultural institutions and recreational facilities, including movie theaters, libraries, pools and fitness spaces. The Mayor also provided guidance concerning graduations, weddings, special events, regional business meetings, and seated conventions.

For full details, click here to see Mayor Bowser’s April 5 Situational Update presentation slide show. To watch the full press conference, click here.

Help Get Your Neighbors Vaccinated and Re-Open DC

If you registered for a vaccine through DC’s portal, but received a vaccine via another method, please remove your name from DC’s portal by contacting the Call Center at 1-855-0333 or emailing with your full name and date of birth. This will help neighbors still in need receive their vaccine invitations more quickly.

For more information, please visit our website at

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