Rocky Roll Out for Phase 1B Tier 1 Vaccination Appointments
by Larry Janezich
Posted January 11, 2021
A lot of people were disappointed when they tried to register and make an appointment to be vaccinated against COVID-19 yesterday.
On Monday morning – before the expected noon launch time – DC opened up its second phase of vaccinations for the next round of eligible groups. Included in this Phase 1B Tier 1:
DC Residents age 65 years and older
Congregate Settings (Intermediate care facilities, community residential facilities, group homes, homeless shelters)
Staff working in Congregate Settings
Non-healthcare personnel supporting operations of COVID-19 vaccination clinics
Those signing on to the website at noon to register and make an appointment found that no appointments were available at some vaccination centers. By 2:15pm, there were no appointments left at all. During the Mayor’s situational briefing on Monday, DOH Director LaQuandra Nesbitt said that 4,000 appointments would be available this week, and that the weekly deliveries of vaccine of 8,300 had not substantially changed.
Some attempting to register complained that the website was not friendly – perhaps overwhelmed by the number of requests.
(Update: In an early morning email to constituents, Holtzman said that the office of the DC Chief Technology Officer is trying to correct problems with the website and registration process. The vaccine portal is being modified in the next couple of days with the intent of showing all the vaccine sites and showing how many appointments are still available.) The Mayor will undoubtedly have a situational briefing this week with additional information.
Those eligible today, joined those in the Phase 1A groups previously declared eligible but who have not yet been vaccinated. Those groups include:
Long Term Care Residents
Healthcare Personnel (including Veterinary medicine)
Fie & Emergency Medical Personnel
Frontline Public Health Workers.
Following complaints from constituents, ANC6B Commissioner Steve Holtzman emailed the Mayor’s office and CM Charles Allen to urge making the system user friendly, to find a way to inform applicants when no more appointments are available, and when the next round of appointments will be available through the website.
As of 11:00am on Monday:
26,672 doses have been administered
45,425 doses have been delivered (and spoken for)
8,300 doses become available this week
The vaccination registration website is here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc