Grocery Store Workers, Outreach Workers, Manufacturing Workers, and Food Packaging Workers Now Eligible for Vaccinations

From the mayor’s office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health under the direction of Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt announced today that starting Thursday February 18, individuals working in four categories will be eligible to book vaccination appointments through or by calling the district’s Coronavirus Call Center: People who work in a grocery store, health and social services and social services employees, people who work in manufacturing, and people who work in food packaging (e.g., people who work at Food & Friends and other similar establishments ).

In addition, vaccination appointments will be offered alternately weekly, with appointments being available for one week on Thursdays and Fridays at 6:00 p.m. and on Thursdays and Fridays the following week at 9:00 a.m.

Continue tomorrow At 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 18, DC residents living in priority zip codes who are 65 years of age or older and / or are members of an Eligible Workforce will be given approximately 2,450 appointments. This means, for example, that a grocer who lives in a priority zip code can book for an appointment regardless of the location of the grocery store he works in.

The priority zip codes are concentrated in Districts 5, 7 and 8 and include: 20422, 20011, 20017, 20018, 20002, 20001, 20019, 20020, 20032, 20593. The priority zip codes include areas of the city where residents are disproportionately affected are from COVID-19, including number of cases and death rate. Wards 5, 7 and 8 are prioritized because they have the lowest percentage of residents aged 65 and over who received at least one dose of the vaccine.

On Friday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m., DC Health is making approximately 2,450 additional appointments available to all district residents 65 and over and / or individuals who are members of an eligible workforce.

Grocery store employees include people who work in larger chain grocery stores and supermarkets, as well as people who work in smaller businesses that sell groceries such as convenience stores, neighborhood markets, bodegas and delis.

The portal is currently only open to people aged 18 and over.

As of this week, the following populations in Washington, DC are eligible for the vaccine: Healthcare workers; Members of the fire brigade and rescue service; Residents of long-term and interim care facilities and residents of communal residential facilities / group homes; DC residents who are 65 years of age and older; People affected by homelessness; Members of the Metropolitan Police Department; Continuity of district government staff; Corrections department staff and residents; Teachers and staff who work or will work in person at a traditional or public charter school; Childcare workers and teachers and staff at independent schools in DC; People who work in a grocery store; Employees of health and social services as well as social services; People who work in manufacturing; and people who work in food packaging.

More than 200 answering machines are available on Thursday evenings and Friday to help residents make appointments by phone. Last week, DC Health updated the booking process to include a special range of appointments for the call center ensure that more residents who can only book an appointment by phone can do so successfully; This week this process continues. On days when appointments are open at 6:00 p.m., the call center remains open until 8:00 p.m. If not all available appointments are booked on Thursday evening, authorized persons with priority postcodes can book appointments throughout the day on Friday. “

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