Bowser Talks Small Business Relief, Vaccine Appointments

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) speaks during Thursday's situational update report. Screenshot: Facebook Live.

In Thursday’s situational update report DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) spoke about the vaccine rollout and COVID-19 recovery plan for small businesses.

Small Business Assistance 

This week, the District awarded $2.2 million in Great Street Small Business Grants to fifty local businesses. Additionally, $795,000 was awarded to 106 local retailers through Robust Retail Grants.

Bowser congratulated all recipients of the grants and expressed optimism about their ability to assist the community and local businesses that have suffered losses throughout the past year.

COVID-19 and Vaccine Rollout 

Over 190,000 doses of the vaccine have been delivered to the District to date and more than 170,000 of them have been administered. This week, the District received 27,140 doses of the vaccine which will be allocated to eligible groups via, hospitals and healthcare centers and special initiatives and partnerships in the District.

Faith-based organizations are partnering with the Districts vaccine rollout and hosting faith in the vaccine clinics. First Baptist Church of Minnesota Avenue (3440 Minnesota Ave SE) will host on Friday March 26, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church (4611 Sheriff Rd NE) will host on Monday March 29 and Tuesday March 30 and Shiloh Baptist Church (1500 9th St NW) will host on Friday April 2.

Invitations continue to be released to preregistered individuals on Thursday by 10:00 a.m., Sunday by 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday by 10:00 a.m.

Tomorrow, Friday March 26 is the last day of COVID-19 testing at the Nationals Park location as baseball season is about to begin. DC residents in need of a COVID test are encouraged to visit to find available testing sites near to them.

These essential worker populations will be eligible to pre-register for the Covid vaccine as of Monday, March 29:

  • Individuals working in non-public transit transportation (including for-hire vehicles and ride share drivers)
  • Individuals working in logistics, delivery and courier services
  • Essential (front line) employees working in media and mass communications.

To pre-register, go call 1 855 363 0333.


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