Seniors 65+ Can Register for Moderna COV-19 Vaccinations Starting Noon Monday, Jan 11
by Larry Janezich
Yesterday, ANC3B Commissioner Ann Lane Mladinov distributed information on COV-19 vaccination plans for seniors. The email was forwarded to other ANC commissioners, including ANC6B Commissioner Steve Holtzman who shared it with his constituents.
The original email from Mladinov is below. (Underlines/bold added by CHC.)
From: Mladinov, Ann Lane (SMD 3B01) <3B01.ANC@dc.gov>
Sent: Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:23 PM
Subject: DACL info on COVID-19 Vaccination Plans for Seniors – more details TBA Mon. Jan. 11 at 11 am
On Friday, January 8, Laura Newland, Director of the DC Department of Aging and Community Living, gave a presentation for the Northwest Neighbors Village about “Getting to the Other Side of the Pandemic.,” including important information and answers to questions about the DC plan for providing COVID-19 vaccines to residents who are 65 and over. Director Newland added more answers after a meeting of top city officials on Friday afternoon:
- Mayor Muriel Bowser plans to announce detailed information on how adults 65 and over can register and sign up to schedule the vaccine at her Press Conference on Monday, January 11, scheduled for 11:00 am. (Sometimes these events start late but they never start early; if you tune in to watch and you don’t yet see any presentation beginning, try to allow a little more time.)
- To watch the Mayor’s press conference, tune into DC TV Channel 16, or watch live online at https://mayor.dc.gov/live, Twitter or Facebook. The press release will also be available on the https://coronavirus.dc.gov/ website. Click on “News” to find updates.
- On Monday, January 11, at 12:00 noon, adults 65 and over may begin registering to get the vaccine at https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc or can call the DC Call Center at 1-855-363-0333, if they cannot or do not want to use the web portal.
- Although some non-healthcare workers were able to complete a form on the vaccinate.dc.gov website during the past two weeks, all seniors who want a vaccine MUST register with the city’s vaccination program on or after Monday, January 11, or you will not be able to schedule an appointment right now, even if you got confirmation that you registered before. Again, you can register online or by phone (see above).
- During this phase of the District’s vaccination program, vaccines will be administered to seniors at locations in every ward around the city, including at Safeway and Giant pharmacies, some independent pharmacies, and some recreation centers and senior wellness centers. More information about specific locations will be shared by the Mayor and other city officials in and after the morning press conference on Monday, January 11.
- Private physicians will not yet be administering the vaccine. For now, hospitals as well as CVS and Walgreen’s are continuing to vaccinate health care workers and are also not being scheduled to vaccinate seniors at this time.
- The District’s program to vaccinate seniors will only serve residents of the District. That will include permanent residents and others who can show a residential address in Washington, DC, even if they are not U.S. citizens, including “undocumented aliens” who are living in the District.
- Vaccines will be free, and you do not need to provide a Medicare card or proof of health insurance. The key requirements are to wear a mask/face covering to the appointment, bring an ID that shows your date of birth or age 65 or over; and have loose-fitting sleeves to allow an injection in your upper arm.
- Do NOT arrive far in advance of your appointment for the vaccine; arrive on time. That is because specific time slots are assigned to help avoid crowding and maintain safe social distancing. If you are not able to stand comfortably for any extended time, the vaccination centers are also supposed to provide a place for you to sit down as you wait.
- The vaccines administered to seniors during this phase will be the Moderna vaccine. You must get two doses. When you get the first dose, you will be given a reminder card that shows what vaccine you received, the date and location of the first dose, and the provider’s contact information. That is to help you make sure that when it is time for you to get the required second dose (about 4 weeks after the first dose), you will get the right vaccine at the right place and time. You should also receive a callback reminder.
Councilmember Mary Cheh has provided important additional information for seniors signing up using the District’s <vaccinate.dc.gov> portal to schedule a vaccine:
- The portal includes a questionnaire that takes about 5 minutes to complete
- You will be asked to provide demographic information (i.e., race, gender, age), medical history, COVID-19 history and contact information
- Once you have completed the questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation code that you should take with you to your vaccine appointment, along with your photo ID.
Northwest Neighbors Village will share the Mayor’s January 11 announcement once it is made available. To sign up to get on the email list, visit the website at http://www.nnvdc.org and click on “Add me to your mailing list” in the upper left-hand corner.
Are you Interested in learning more about the COVID-19 vaccines?
- The Friday, January 8, forum with Director Newland was recorded. If you’d like to watch the program or share it with a neighbor, use this link: https://vimeo.com/nnvdc
Northwest Neighbors Village
Through a centrally-coordinated, local network of screened volunteers and vetted professional providers, Northwest Neighbors Village offers its members transportation…
- On Thursday. January 14, at 11:00 am, Northwest Neighbors Village will host an informative program on “Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccines.” Ruth Karron, M.D., Director of the Center for Immunization Research and the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative will provide a brief overview and answer your questions. See:
Virtual Speaker Series – Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccines – Ruth Karron – Northwest Neighbors Village event
Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccines. Join Northwest Neighbors Village for an up-to-date discussion on the COVID-19 vaccines. Ruth Karron, M.D. will provide a brief overview and answer your questions. You won’t want to miss this interactive program!
For more information on COVID-19, see https://coronavirus.dc.gov/
I hope that’s helpful. So many of us have constituents 65 and over who are eager to get information on the vaccine.
Commissioner, ANC3B01 North Glover Park-Cathedral Heights
For the latest information on the District Government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/ .