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COVID-19 Vaccine Update - February 17, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine

Beginning at 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 18, approximately 2,450 appointments will be made available to DC residents who live in priority zip codes. Eligible residents must live in a priority zip code and are 65 years old or older and/or are members of an eligible workforce group.

Note: This week, appointments are opening at 6:00 p.m. instead of 9:00 a.m. Going forward, vaccination appointments will become available on an alternating weekly schedule, with appointments becoming available at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays one week, and at 9:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays the following week.

Eligible workers include: individuals who work in a grocery store setting, health and human services and social services outreach workers, 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 6:00 p.m. tomorrow to register for an appointment. The call center will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m., approximately 2,450 additional vaccination appointments will become available all District residents who are 65 years of age and older and/or members of an eligible workforce group, regardless of where they live.

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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