Bowser Announces New Appointments, Provides Vaccine Updates

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) speaks during the Jan. 28 situational update. Photo: Screenshot Facebook Live.

In Thursday’s situational update, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt announced new government appointments and spoke about general COVID-19 updates in the District. 

Bowser announced new appointments within the DC government. This announcement included Chris Geldart who will serve as the acting Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Dr. Francisco Diaz who will serve as acting Chief Medical Examiner and Linda Harllee Harper who will serve as the Gun Violence Prevention Director. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

This week, the Biden administration announced that it would be increasing the District’s vaccine allotment by 15 percent for the next three weeks. 

In addition to those already eligible for the vaccine, the District has now made vaccines available to individuals experiencing homelessness, department of corrections employees and teachers or staff who are or will be working in a DC public or charter school. 

The District’s vaccination website and call center have also been updated to include a printable confirmation page, updated help texts to make the website easier to navigate and has removed the requirement of insurance information to make appointments. 

DCPS employees were eligible to begin receiving the vaccine last week and 460 employees have already received the vaccine. Overall, 2,700 of the 3,840 appointments have been filled by in-person staff. 

COVID-19 Testing Updates

The District opened a new testing site for essential workers downtown (I St. NW) near Black Lives Matter Plaza. Hotel staff, restaurant workers, building engineers and janitorial staff are among those eligible to be tested.

This site will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

DC Cares Program 

The Bowser Administration and Events DC announced the launch of phase two of the DC Cares Program which will provide eight million dollars in funding for those who have been omitted from the federal stimulus efforts. This additional update provides an additional three million from the first phase in June of 2020. 

Sarah Payne is a History and Neuroscience student at The University of Michigan interning with HillRag. She writes for and serves as an assistant news editor for Michigan’s student newspaper, The Michigan Daily. You can reach her at [email protected].