WASHINGTON — More essential workers are allowed to get the COVID-19 vaccine under a new mandate from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Health leader Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt.
Individuals who work in a grocery store setting, manufacturing, food packaging, health and human services and social services outreach workers are eligible to get vaccinated now.
Bowser's office also said that vaccination appointments will become available on an alternating weekly schedule to improve access equity, with appointments becoming available at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays one week, and at 9:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays the following week.
Grocery store workers include individuals who work at larger chain grocery stores and superstores as well as those who work at smaller establishments that sell food such as convenience stores, neighborhood markets, bodegas, and delis.
Over 2,400 vaccines were to be given out by D.C. to residents on Thursday, but because of snow and ice in the region, vaccinations were canceled. It is not yet known if more vaccine appointments will be canceled Friday due to ongoing weather.
Starting Thursday, Feb. 25, D.C. residents ages 16 to 64 years old, with qualifying medical conditions, can get vaccinated for COVID-19, Bowser announced during a news conference on Thursday afternoon.
Officials said residents who qualify for Phase 1C Tier 1 will need to self-attest to their medical conditions when they register for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Here's the full list of qualifying Phase 1C Tier 1 Medical Conditions: