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Bowser announces deal with CVS to vaccinate school staff, health workers and elderly

Bowser announces deal with CVS to vaccinate school staff, health workers and elderly
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Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserBowser on Manchin's DC statehood stance: He's 'not right' DC mayor defends restricting dancing at weddings amid pushback DC mayor admitted to Democratic governors group amid statehood fight MORE (D) announced Wednesday that the city will be partnering with CVS to get school staff, child care workers, health care workers and the elderly vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“Eligible individuals will still pre-register through vaccinate.dc.gov, but will be directed to schedule their appointment directly through the CVS website,” the announcement states. “Over the next 7-10 days, 3,510 doses will be made available for this partnership.”

Along with this new partnership, D.C. will be expanding eligibility for the vaccine starting on March 29.

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“This includes individuals working in non-public transit transportation services (i.e. for hire vehicles, ride share); individuals working in logistics/delivery/courier services; and essential employees working in media and mass communications,” according to the statement.

Other workforces in D.C. became eligible for the vaccine this week. Everyone, whether they are eligible or not, is told to preregister by phone or by going to vaccinate.dc.gov.

Eligible individuals who have pre-registered will be randomly selected, with 20 percent going to elderly in certain zip codes, 20 percent going to the elderly in any zip code, 20 percent going to those ages 18-64 with medical conditions in certain zip codes, 20 percent going to those ages 18-64 with medical conditions in any zip code, 10 percent going to those in eligible workforces from certain zip codes and 10 percent going to those in eligible workforces in any zip code.

“Mayor Bowser’s three operating principles for the new registration system are: 1) an equitable distribution of the vaccine; 2) a consistent scheduling cadence so residents know what to expect; and 3) a shared responsibility, across our community, to get people pre-registered,” the announcement states.

There are already more than 200,000 people preregistered in DC for the vaccine, with more than 28,000 having their appointments scheduled.

Many states have begun expanding eligibility for the vaccine with some states going as far as to offer it to all adults.