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COVID-19 Vaccination Update

COVID-19 Vaccine

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, approximately 4,350 appointments will be made available to DC residents who live in priority zip codes. Eligible residents must live in a priority zip code and have a qualifying medical condition (18 and older), be 65 years old or older, and/or are members of an eligible workforce group.

Qualifying medical conditions include: Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and other Chronic Lung Disease; Bone Marrow and Solid Organ Transplantation; Cancer; Cerebrovascular Disease; Chronic Kidney Disease; Congenital Heart Disease; Diabetes Mellitus; Heart Conditions, such as Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease, or Cardiomyopathies; HIV; Hypertension; Immunocompromised State; Inherited Metabolic Disorders; Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Liver Disease; Neurologic Conditions; Obesity, BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2; Pregnancy; Severe Genetic Disorders; Sickle Cell Disease; and Thalassemia.

Residents who are unsure whether they qualify for the vaccine based on a qualifying medical condition should contact their health care provider.

At this time, appointments booked through the portal and call center are open to individuals 18 years old and older. Children’s National Hospital will serve as an access point for 16- and 17-year-olds with qualifying medical conditions. Information about how parents or guardians can schedule appointments with Children’s National will be forthcoming next week.

Eligible workers include: individuals who work in a health care setting; child care workers and teachers and staff working in person in DC; individuals who work in a grocery store setting; outreach workers who work in health, human, and social services; individuals who work in manufacturing; and individuals who work in food packaging (e.g. persons who work at Food & Friends and other similar facilities).

The priority zip codes are focused in Wards 5, 7, and 8 and include: 20422, 20011, 20017, 20018, 20002, 20001, 20019, 20020, 20032, 20593.

Priority zip codes include areas of the city where residents are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, including number of cases and mortality rate. This week, Wards 5, 7, and 8 were prioritized because they have the lowest percentages of residents who are 65 and older who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Demand for the vaccine is high, and we anticipate the appointments to fill quickly. If you have internet access, you should register for an appointment through If you do not have internet access, call the District’s hotline at 855-363-0333 beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow to register for an appointment.

On Friday, February 26, at 9 a.m., approximately 4,350 additional vaccination appointments will become available all District residents who have a qualifying medical condition (18 and older), are 65 years of age and older, and/or members of an eligible workforce group, regardless of where they live. These appointments will also be available to workers who live outside of DC but work in the District.

If you previously attempted to get an appointment and you did not receive a notification with a confirmation code, date and location, you must re-register. We appreciate your patience as we work together to get Washingtonians across all eight wards vaccinated. Learn more about District hospitals and health care providers that are also administering the vaccine to their patients at

Currently demand for the vaccine in DC is much higher than the supply we are receiving from federal government. Mayor Bowser and DC Health continue to advocate for the federal government to send more vaccine so that we can meet the high demand for it and protect the lives of our residents and our workforce.

For additional vaccine updates and information, follow @_DCHealth and @MayorBowser on Twitter and and on Facebook.

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