No, Really: Put Your Name Down for the Vaccine

Bowser Encourages DC Residents to Register for Vaccine Appointments

Thelma Ruffin, 73, receives the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a Mar. 26 vaccine clinic at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Photo: E. O'Gorek/CCN

On Wednesday, Mar. 31, Mayor Bowser and DC Health released a statement encouraging all DC residents and workers to pre-register for a vaccination appointment.

Since the pre-registration system launched, approximately 31,330 individuals have already pre-registered, received an invitation, and booked an appointment. To date, approximately 191,190 individuals have pre-registered for and are awaiting an appointment. At this time, all residents and District workers who are not yet vaccinated are encouraged to pre-register, regardless of current eligibility.

As of Mar. 29, essential workers in Phase 1C Tier 2 became eligible for the vaccine. This includes individuals working in non-public transit transportation services, such as for hire vehicles and ride share, front line delivery and courier workers and essential employees working in media and mass communications. All essential workers must be working in person in Washington, DC.

The week of Mar. 31 DC is receiving 39,690 doses of vaccine total. 17,990 doses will be allocated through vaccinate.dc.gov; 11,390 doses via hospitals and health centers; and 10,310 doses are for special initiatives and partnerships.

Special initiatives continue into April. These include a Faith in the Vaccine clinic at Shiloh Baptist Church on Good Friday (April 2) and at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center on Saturday, April 3.

Eligibility for the clinic at Shiloh Baptist Church includes those DC residents 65 and older, DC residents aged 18 to 64 with a qualifying medical condition;and members of an eligible workforce. Eligible persons should contact the church for more information and to pre-register.

The eligibility for the clinic at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center includes: DC residents 65 and older; DC residents 18-64 with a qualifying medical condition; and members of an eligible workforce who reside in Ward 8 zip codes 20020 and 20032. To pre-register for this event call (202) 888-1425. Both clinics will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

With the new pre-registration system, individuals can register online at any time on any day via vaccinate.dc.gov, or register by phone by calling the call center at 1-855-363-0333, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Language translation services are available through the call center. Call center staff are also able to take calls from 711, a free video relay service from the FCC that allows individuals to sign with a hearing interpreter who is then talking on the phone with a call taker.

Each week, invitations are sent:

  • Thursdays by 10:00 a.m.
  • Sundays by 10:00 a.m.
  • And, only if any appointments still need to be filled, Tuesdays by 10:00 a.m.

Anyone who registers by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night and who is currently eligible

for the vaccine in DC will be part of the randomized selection process Thursday morning. Once invitations go out, individuals have 48 hours to book their appointment. If an individual does not book their appointment, their name will go back in the pre-registration system (after three unanswered invitations an individual will need to register in the system again).

Learn more about the vaccine and who is eligible at coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine.