Mayor Bowser’s Situational Update – New Preregistration Portal Opens Wednesday

Mayor Bowser’s Situational Update – New Preregistration Portal Opens Wednesday

by Larry Janezich

Posted March 8, 2021

Mayor Bowser announced today that the city’s new preregistration procedure for vaccination appointments for eligible groups starts Wednesday, March 10. 

Here are the currently eligible populations as of March 8:

  • Health care workers
  • Members of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department
  • Residents of long-term and intermediate care facilities and residents of community residential facilities/group homes
  • DC residents 65 years old and older
  • Those experiencing homelessness
  • Members of the Metropolitan Police Department
  • Department of Corrections Employees & Residents
  • Continuity of Government Operations personnel
  • All teachers and staff who work for a school or licensed child care facility in DC
  • Grocery Store Workers
  • Outreach workers who work in health, human, and social services
  • Individuals working in manufacturing
  • Individuals working in food packing
  • DC Residents with qualifying medical conditions (see list here: )

Registrants will be asked for information regarding:

  • Demographics
  • Occupation
  • Medical History
  • COVID 19 History
  • Contact Info

Here’s the link to the 24/7 website portal:

Here’s the number for the call center:  855-363-0333 – open M-F 8am – 7pm and Sat – Sun 8am – 4pm.

The order of registering will not affect when registrants are offered an invitation to book an appointment. 

After registration individuals will wait to be notified by call, text, or email.  The system will assign appointments to people when it is their turn so the wait could be days or weeks or months, depending on the risk factor and eligibility.  Everyone will eventually be vaccinated.  Random selection will be adjusted to make sure registrants are not continually passed over in favor of other eligible individuals. 

Once notified, registrants will have 48 hours to book an appointment – each invitation can be used only once.  If registrants miss the 48 hour window, they have to wait until the next time they are selected by the system.  Registrants can be selected up to three times to make an appointment – after which they have to re-register.  Check spam or junk folders to make sure alerts are not missed. 

On Monday, March 15, the first vaccination appointments made through preregistration will take place and the second set of invitations to make appointments will go out by calls, texts, or emails. 

After March 15, invitations will be sent out:

  • Thursdays by 10:00am
  • Sundays by 10:00am
  • Tuesdays by 10:00am (only if any appointments need to be filled)

If people who are not eligible to sign up and register anyway, they will not be called until their group is eligible.  People who are not eligible are encouraged to wait until their group is eligible before registering. 

DC Veterans 65 and older may be able to get vaccinated through the VA Medical Center.  Call 202 745 4342

Here’s a link to the Mayor’s presentation today:

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