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Mayor Bowser Encourages DC Residents to Get Vaccinated So That They Can Safely Enjoy More Activities

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

(Washington, DC) – As DC prepares to dial up more activities beginning on May 21, Mayor Bowser is encouraging all residents 16 and older to get vaccinated so that they can safely enjoy all DC has to offer. DC Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to emphasize that fully vaccinated people can safely enjoy more activities – masked and unmasked and indoors and outdoors – than unvaccinated people.

Today, it is anticipated that the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will recommend the Pfizer vaccine for use in adolescents 12-15 years of age. Should this happen, DC will start vaccinating those adolescents as soon as tomorrow morning. More information will be released once recommendations are published.

Upcoming Vaccination Clinics

D.C. United Pop-Up: Today, between 4 pm and 8 pm, residents 18 and older can go to Audi Field for a free COVID-19 vaccine shot and have the opportunity to take a shot on goal against a D.C. United goalkeeper on the field. The first 100 people to get vaccinated will receive a free ticket to an upcoming D.C. United match. Individuals will receive a one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Atlas Brew Works Pop-Up: On Friday, May 14, between 4 pm and 4 pm, residents 21 and older can go to Atlas Brew Works (2052 West Virginia Ave NE) to get the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and a free beer.

Faith in the Vaccine: Re’ese Adbarat Debre Selam Kidist Mariam Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church will host Faith in the Vaccine clinics on Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14.

Walgreens Mobile Vaccine Bus: On Saturday May 15 and Sunday, May 16, Walgreens will kick off their nationwide mobile vaccine bus tour in Ward 8. The bus will be at Savoy Elementary School (2400 Shannon Pl SE) from 11 am-5 pm on Saturday, May 15. The bus will be at Temple of Praise Church (700 Southern Ave SE) from 2 pm - 6 pm on Sunday, May 16. The bus is open to individuals 18 and older and will administer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Prince Hall Center for the Performing Arts Pop-Up: On Tuesday, May 18, between 2 pm and 7 pm, residents 18 and older can go to the Prince Hall Center for the Performing Arts (1000 U St NW) for a free COVID-19 vaccine shot. Individuals will receive a one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Currently, residents who are 16 and older can walk up to vaccination sites across the city without making an appointment to get their free COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who received their first dose in DC should return to the same location for their second dose. Individuals who received a first dose out of state may bring their vaccine card to a walk-up location with the corresponding vaccine type to receive their second dose. A full schedule of the days and hours of the walk-up sites can be found on Residents are able to see approximate wait times, if there is a wait, at each site at

Newly Added Walk-Up Sites

Children’s National Hospital (111 Michigan Ave NW) is now a walk-up site for individuals ages 16-22. Walk-up vaccinations are available Monday-Thursday, 10 am – 12 pm. Children’s National administers the Pfizer vaccine.

Kaiser Permanente – Capitol Hill (700 2nd St NE) will open as a walk-up site for residents 16 and older beginning Saturday, May 15. Walk-up vaccinations will be available on Mondays and Saturdays from 8 am – 11 am Kaiser Permanente – Capitol Hill administers the Pfizer vaccine.

The walk-up sites are in addition to the pharmacies, clinics, and health care providers that are also administering the vaccines citywide. These sites operate their own scheduling systems, and residents who prefer to make an appointment instead of visiting a walk-up site are encouraged to make an appointment at a pharmacy, clinic, or health care provider. Residents can find the closest available vaccination location at or by texting their zip code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish.

Members of the community can help get Washingtonians vaccinated by participating in Mayor Bowser’s second DC COVID-19 Community Corps Day of Action on Saturday, May 22.

Residents who are unable to leave home to get vaccinated can still call 1-855-363-0333 to make an appointment for a free at-home vaccination.

Friday, May 28 will be the last day of operations for the COVID-19 testing site at Judiciary Square. The Anacostia, UDC Bertie Backus, and fire station testing sites will continue to operate and individuals can continue to pick up and drop off free Test Yourself DC at-home testing kits at libraries across DC.

Residents, visitors, and workers are reminded that the safest way to enjoy all DC has to offer is by getting vaccinated.

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