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Vaccine Update - January 20

Posted by
Riley Gercak
on
January 20, 2021
Councilmember Brooke Pinto, Ward 2

Dear Neighbor,

I know residents are eager to make an appointment to receive a vaccine. Many of you received an update from DC Health regarding the availability of vaccination appointments on Friday. On Friday, January 22, at 9:00 a.m., 740 additional appointments will become available to any DC resident who is 65 and older or any individual who works in a health care setting in DC.

The Department of Health announced today that additional appointments will be available on Thursday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m. for District residents who are 65 years of age and older and/or health care workers who live in priority zip codes. The priority zip codes include: 20001, 20002, 20009, 20010, 20011, 20012, 20015, 20017, 20018, 20019, 20020, 20030, 20032, 20039, 20040, 20056, 20059, 20060, 20064, 20223, 20242, 20260, 20306, 20317, 20340, 20373, 20375, 20422, 20441, 20509, 20542, and 20593.

Some of the above zip codes cover parts of Ward 2 and residents in those zip codes should be able to access appointments on Thursday, January 21. I understand that Ward 2 residents are eager to register for a vaccination appointment and are frustrated that more are not currently available. Please know that we are doing everything in our power to relay your experiences and concerns with the Department of Health to ensure for a speedy and smooth distribution. Priority zip codes include areas of the city where residents are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, including number of cases and mortality rate.

Demand for the vaccine is high, and DC Health anticipates the appointments to fill quickly. If you have internet access, register for an appointment through vaccinate.dc.gov. If you do not have internet access, call the District’s hotline at 855-363-0333 to register for an appointment.

I have worked and will continue to work with DC Health to ensure there is broad availability of the vaccine and to improve the sign-up process online and over the phone.

Both GW Hospital and Sibley are providing vaccine appointments to patients of those facilities and there is additional information below on how to access those appointments.

One of the challenges DC faces with availability of vaccination appointments is distribution of the vaccine from the federal government each week. President Joe Biden recently announced his plan for 100 million vaccines within his first 100 days in office. This commitment will accelerate distribution and availability of vaccines and brings hope to all of us during this uncertain time. In the meantime, please continue to do your part to reduce the spread: stay home when possible, wear a mask, and engage in social distancing.

Yours in Service,

Brooke  

The George Washington University Hospital is currently following vaccine distribution guidelines from the District of Columbia and DC Health. In following these guidelines, GW Hospital is now vaccinating existing patients of GW Hospital / The GW Medical Faculty Associates who are District residents and over the age of 65. If you meet these criteria, you may be able to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated. https://calendly.com/gwmedicalenterprise/covid-19-vaccine?month=2021-01

Sibley Memorial Hospital is administering the COVID-19 vaccine to existing patients who are age 65 and older and live in Washington, D.C., per guidance from DC Health. A patient is anyone who has sought care with a Johns Hopkins Medicine provider within the last two years. If you meet the above criteria, you are on Johns Hopkins Medicine’s list to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine. When it is your turn to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination, you will receive a notification through MyChart. For privacy reasons, the notification will be titled, “You have an appointment to schedule in MyChart.” Please check your MyChart account regularly for this appointment notification. If you would like to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Sibley encourages you to activate your MyChart account.  

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