D.C expands COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility to Residents

DC expands the Coronavirus Vaccination eligibility to its residents with chronic conditions: certain heart conditions, cancer, asthma, diabetes. This expansion makes the DC’s transition into the next phase of vaccine distribution, tier 1 of phase 1c that residential property maintenance workers and a variety of additional essential employees receive the vaccine as well.
Since the initial distribution of vaccination in December, D.C has been met short for eligible populations’ demand and available vaccination fills up quickly. According to LaQuandra Nesbitt, the D.C Health Director said in a conference on Feb. 18, Nesbitt said “Initially, we got a lot of feedback, often not positive, about the standing time about when we release appointments,” and “Nine a.m. doesn’t work for everybody. We have people who have jobs that they can’t come off of their job assignment to go to the website and claim appointments and so we’re going to attempt to be flexible for that.”
The updated vaccine registration portal will notify the groups of residents from the week’s priority ZIP codes when appointments become available. Since Feb.25, technical issues have blocked reservations at the vaccination appointment portal to D.C. residents who have wanted to take their vaccination as soon as available. Mayor Murial Bowser’s team states that “We know how stressful of a time this is, and we regret that this unfortunate situation occurred on a day when many of our residents with chronic health conditions were newly eligible for vaccination appointments,”.
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