The District of Columbia will receive 8,775 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 5,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine — developed against the coronavirus — this week, officials said.
As of January 16, a total of 62,200 doses of vaccine were delivered to DC Health. A total of 41,053 COVID-19 shots have already been administered to residents.
According to a situational update, 2,975 appointments were scheduled for getting the Moderna vaccine through DC’s online portal last week, and 1,500 appointments were booked the previous week. Over a thousand dozens will be provided to pharmacies and medical centers.
As for the Pfizer vaccine, 3,900 doses will be administered to DC Public Schools (DCPS) in-person staff, 1,950 doses will be given to One Medical for charter school in-person staff, 1,950 doses to Kaiser for members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and their eligible patients, and 975 doses to Sibley/John Hopkins for Senior Housing-the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) initiative and their patients.
Eligible residents in prioritized zip codes (Wards 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8) will be able to make vaccination appointments every Thursday at 9 am. And every Friday at 9 am, additional appointments will be released for all DC zip codes.
Priority zip codes consist of regions that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in terms of number of cases and mortality rate.
“Demand for the vaccine remains high and we continue to advocate for the federal government to send more vaccine so that we can meet the demand for it and protect the lives of our residents and our workforce. Put bluntly: DC NEEDS MORE VACCINE,” the release said.
DC Health stated that it is aiming to make the vaccine available as soon as it receives shots from the federal government and to distribute it across all eight wards equitably.