The DC Department of Health has rolled out a portal for health care employees in the District to make vaccination appointments.
Appointments can be scheduled through coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc. Currently, the portal is “only for workers in health care settings that have direct or indirect exposure to infectious materials and cannot telework,” according to a statement released by the office of Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Health care workers are required to document that they are working in the described type of environment in order to register. They must also present proof of their eligibility at the time of their appointment.
“We are launching this portal as a next step in our Vaccination Plan to ensure that those individuals who work in our health care settings and are at highest risk of exposure and infection know where to go to get the vaccine,” said Dr. Ankoor Shah, the District’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program Lead, said in Bowser’s statement.
Shah explained that he acknowledged the public’s great interest in receiving the vaccine, however, the portal should only be used by workers who are part of Phase 1a. “The sooner we get those who work in health care settings vaccinated, the sooner we can move through our other phases and get the rest of our community access to this safe and effective vaccine,” he added.
Today, @_DCHealth launched a portal to make it easier for workers in Phase 1a to get vaccinated. For now, this portal is only for workers in health care settings that have direct or indirect exposure to infectious materials & can’t telework.
Learn more: https://t.co/yBeEmXAhvZ
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) December 28, 2020
Those whose appointments are confirmed will be able to get vaccinated at a vaccine access point such as Bread for the City, Community of Hope, Giant, Mary’s Center, Safeway, and Unity Healthcare.
Health staff working at the following institutions are asked to get specific instructions for vaccination from their facilities:
- DC Health
- DC Fire and EMS
- HSC Pediatric Center
- Howard University Hospital
- MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
- MedStar Washington Hospital Center
- Psychiatric Institute of Washington
- Saint Elizabeths Hospital
- The George Washington University Hospital
- United Medical Center
- Children’s National Hospital
- Kaiser Permanente
- National Rehabilitation Hospital
- Sibley Memorial Hospital
DC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program kicked off on Monday, December 14, 2020 with the inoculation of health care employees with the highest risk of exposure to the infectious disease.
DC Health’s scheduling portal will be updated to include other populations in the coming months as part of the city’s phased Vaccination Plan.