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COVID Vaccine

As District physicians, our community is at the forefront of distributing the COVID vaccine as well as receiving the vaccine. While more details will become available in the coming days and weeks, MSDC has created a Q&A below to update the community on where we are with COVID vaccination distribution in the District.

Resources (see additional links below Q&A)

DC Health announces new vaccines available Jan. 16 for underrepresented Wards

Recording of MSDC Vaccine Webinar 12.9.20

 Should I have scheduled my vaccine by now?

If you have not yet done so, schedule your vaccination at vaccinate.dc.gov. Details here. 

 When should I schedule my 2nd COVID vaccine dose?

When you receive your first dose, the location will ask you to schedule your second appointment at that time. If you were not offered an opportunity to schedule a second vaccination, go to https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/second-dose-information and use that link to contact your location to schedule your second appointment.

 What should I do if I am having problems scheduling my vaccine on the DC Health website?

If your account or email is being locked out or the application will not complete with your email address, use another email address to try and schedule your appointment. You can also wait 24 hours and try again with the first address.

 What is the vaccine priority order in the District?

Mirroring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations, the District will vaccinate the population in three phases.

1.A. Persons serving in a healthcare setting who have potential exposure to patients or infected materials, and who cannot work from home.

1.B.1 Group homes, homeless shelters, jail workers

1.B.2. Inmates, law enforcement, k-12 school staff, childcare staff, grocery workers

1.B.3. Court staff, mass transit workers, manufacturing workers, USPS

1.C.1. Adults with chronic health conditions, in-person local government and utility workers, property management workers

1.C.2. Rideshare drivers, delivery workers, media who work in person

1.C.3. Higher education employees, construction workers, essential IT workers, essential federal workers

2. The remainder of the population

What does this mean for you and your staff? Very basically, if you work in a healthcare setting, you would be considered a Phase 1 priority especially if you come into contact with potentially-infected patients. See more detailed timelines in the questions below.

 

 How do I register to distribute the vaccine?

DC Health has a three step process to register as a vaccine provider. First you must complete the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Agreement (click here). Follow DC Health's steps to complete your registration - see here. At this time we do not know when DC Health will begin permitting physician practices to distribute vaccine to patients.

 When vaccines are widely available for healthcare settings, should we vaccinate our staff all at once or in shifts in case of reactions?

The CDC ACIP interim recommendations suggest a staggered approach to vaccinating your healthcare workforce staff. So you do not vaccinate an entire department on the same day, in case they have a concurrent immune response creating a workforce availability tension.

 How can I help promote vaccine safety with my patients and the public?

DC Health is asking physicians to record a video about why you are getting the vaccine. You can read instructions here.

 What are the websites I can provide patients to schedule appointments?

MONTGOMERY COUNTY RESIDENT: For those residing in Montgomery County, you can sign up for COVID-19 vaccine updates and information on scheduling with the link below:
https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY RESIDENT For those residing in Prince George’s County, you can sign up for COVID-19 vaccine updates and information on scheduling with the link below:
https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3730/COVID-19-Vaccination

MARYLAND RESIDENT Please access this link for scheduling. There may be no vaccine available at times but please check the site regularly.
https://www.marylandvax.org/

WASHINGTON, DC RESIDENT: For those residing in Washington, DC, please access:
https://vaccinate.dc.gov/

ALEXANDRIA COUNTY RESIDENT Please access the link below for information and scheduling:
https://www.alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=119270

FAIRFAX COUNTY RESIDENT Please access the link below for information and scheduling:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine/registration

ARLINGTON COUNTY RESIDENT Please access the link below for information and scheduling:
https://www.arlingtonva.us/covid-19/vaccines/

VIRGINIA Please access the link below for information and scheduling:
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/

 

Pfizer vaccine distribution factsheet

AMA recorded interview series on COVID-19 vaccine

CDC FAQ on COVID Vaccine // ACOG Guidance on Vaccines for Pregnant and Nursing Women

COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Agreement FAQ
COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Agreement
CDC Medical Provider Resource Page
COVID-19 Vaccine Training Programs
Post Vaccine and Return-to-Work Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel
Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Providers
Vaccine Safety Resources
Vaccination Training and Reference Materials