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Two High-Capacity Vaccination Sites Open This Week

On April 5, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced that this week, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt Vernon Pl NW) will expand through a partnership with Safeway.

The site is likely to administer the two-dose Pfizer vaccine, officials said.

On April 9, a new high-capacity vaccination site will open at Arena Stage (1101 Sixth St SW) through a partnership with Medstar Health and Safeway. Bowser said this site was likely to offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Vaccination appointments will be offered to those pre-registering through coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc or by calling 1-855-363-0333.

Some retail pharamacies are offering vaccines to those who qualify according to the District’s eligibility, including Grubb’s Pharmacy on the Hill.

In addition, DC residents aged 16 years and older can pre-register for vaccines at the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) site that will open April 7 at Greenbelt Metro. That site is metro-accessible.

The two-dose Pfizer vaccine will be administered at Greenbelt, meaning that those getting a first dose will commit to getting a second dose 21 days later at the same site.

The Greenbelt Metro vaccination clinic is intended to serve residents from DC and Virginia in addition to Maryland. Residents, even those over 16 that do not have pre-existing conditions can pre-register at onestop.md.gov/preregistration

Bowser encouraged those who have pre-registered through the vaccinate.dc.gov site but who since then, already been vaccinated through another system, such as a hospital or out-of-state program, to email vaccinatedc@dc.gov to remove their names from the DC Health list.

DC Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt said that the District was not aware of the federal dosage numbers that go to particular retail pharmacies such as CVS or Walgreens.

In Monday’s situational update Bowser and DC Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt spoke about the District’s reopening plan and updates to the vaccine rollout.

As of April 2, DC has fully or partially vaccinated over 162,000 residents. All DC residents, regardless of eligibility status, should register for a vaccine appointment by visiting (coronavirus.dc.gov) or calling (855-363-0333). Individuals who have preregistered but received the vaccine elsewhere should remove their name from the list by emailing vaccinatedc@dc.gov.

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 sarahp@hillrag.com. 

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