District to Open COVID Vaccines to Childcare Workers Monday

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser receives the COVID-19 vaccine at Monday's situational update. Photo: FB Live.

Today, DC Health and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) announced that beginning Monday, Feb. 1 at noon, individuals who work in person for a licensed child care provider or an independent school that is located in the District will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment with One Medical.

Earlier this week, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) contacted licensed child care providers and independent school leaders to begin collecting contact information for in-person staff.

Learn more about the DC Vaccine Plans.

Appointments will open on Monday and begin on Tuesday, Feb. 2. During the first week, approximately 1,400 appointments will be made available. Going forward, approximately 900 appointments will be made available each week.

Vaccinations for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC public charter school staff began the week of Jan. 25. Many families and child care providers objected to the scheduling, pointing out that child care workers had remained in-person throughut the pandemic, and that many of them were undocumented workers.

At Friday’s hearing before the DC Council Committee on Health, some DCPS teachers argued that they had been prioritized over healthcare providers because the District wanted to accelerate a return to the classroom.

To date, approximately 1,130 DCPS teachers and staff have received the vaccine through a partnership with Children’s National, and 802 charter school teachers and staff have received the vaccine through a partnership with One Medical.

So far, in addition to in-person teachers at DCPS and Public Charter Schools, eligibility for the vaccine has been opened to residents 65 years or better; workers in health care setting, firs reponders, residents in congregate settings, unhoused District residents and  individuals who work in health care settings.

This week, DC Health also began on-site vaccinations at two DC Housing Authority senior properties as part of the senior vaccination initiative. The District said it is preparing to rollout vaccinations for Department of Corrections employees and residents.

Learn more about the District’s Vaccination plans at coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc