In the Monday situational update report, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt announced the new online vaccine pre-registration system will open Wednesday, March 10.
Initial contact for appointments will be made on Friday March 12. The first vaccine appointments will take place on Monday, March 15.
The goal of the online registration system is to move away from people having to access the same registration webpage all at once. This online registration will ask residents for identifying medical information so the system can assigned an appointment to the resident when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.
After the initial week, registered individuals will be notified about appointment availability Thursdays by 10:00 a.m., Sundays by 10:00 a.m. and Tuesdays by 10:00 a.m.
Selected individuals will have a 48-hour window to claim an appointment. If they do not make an appointment in that time frame, they will be returned to the general pool. After the third missed window, the individual will need to reregister via coronavirus.dc.gov for an appointment.
Vaccines will be allocated as follows: 40% of the doses will go to residents aged 65+, 40% will be given to individuals with pre existing conditions and 20% will be given to essential workers. Half of all vaccines administered will be allocated to priority zip codes to ensure vaccine distribution equity.
After registration, individuals will then wait for a call, text or email to register for their appointment. The waiting period could last for days, weeks or months depending on your risk factors and eligibility. Everyone who registers is guaranteed to eventually get a vaccine.
This week, the District is encouraging all eligible residents and workers to register using the preregistration portal. Bowser emphasized that there is no benefit to being first online to register on Wednesday morning. Members of the general public will have to wait, even after pre-registration, until you are eligible to receive the vaccine per the District’s vaccine eligibility guidelines.
COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
As of Saturday, 151,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to the District, and 125,294 have administered to residents. Approximately 11.2% of the District’s population has been fully or partially vaccinated at this time.
This week, the District is slated to receive 24,760 doses of the vaccine. 14,680 of these doses will be available to the eligible public via (vaccinate.dc.gov), 7,210 of these doses will go to hospitals and health centers and 2,870 will go to the District’s special initiatives.
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]