Washington: In a letter addressed to citizens of Washington DC on January 23, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser informed about the beginning of vaccination appointments to teachers and staff at DC Public Schools who are already working in person or who will be returning in person for Term 3. She said that “These vaccinations, which will serve as an extra layer of protection on top of the thorough health and safety protocols already in place, mark an important milestone in this pandemic. They represent our community’s ongoing commitment to getting young people back in the classroom with their teachers and classmates. And the fact that our public school teachers and staff are next in line to get vaccinated after health care workers is a testament to the critical role our public schools play in the community.”
On expressing her pride on the job of getting the vaccine out and into arms, she highlighted that according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID Data Tracker, DC is at the top of the list for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. However she said, “we also know that demand for the vaccine far outpaces the supply we are receiving from the federal government, so I continue to advocate for Washington, DC to receive more doses.”
With that , she requested and encouraged all DC residents and workers to take the vaccine in the first opportunity of becoming eligible as its hard to get next chance due to nationwide scarcity.
She concluded that “The vaccine is safe, effective, and our path out of this pandemic and getting vaccinated will protect our entire community, especially our seniors and other vulnerable neighbors.”
If you have not already done so, go to vaccinate.dc.gov to sign up to receive updates on the vaccine rollout and to learn more about which hospitals and health centers have the vaccine and are doing outreach to eligible patients.