Washington, D.C. to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those ages 16 and older

Washington, D.C. to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those ages 16 and older
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Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserBipartisan Senate bill introduced to give gyms B in relief Maryland to lift remaining COVID capacity restrictions Transgender inmate sues DC over incarceration in men's unit MORE (D) announced on Monday that all residents of the nation’s capital over the age of 16 will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine beginning later this month.

Bowser said all Washingtonians ages 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine on April 19. Essential workers who fall under the third tier of the city’s Phase 1C category, which includes essential higher education employees, individuals working in construction and essential employees working in information technology, will become eligible on April 12. 

All Washington, D.C. residents can pre-register now to schedule appointments for their inoculation.


The announcement comes after Bowser on Monday said that D.C. will relax some COVID-19 restrictions this spring. She said that live entertainment venues will be allowed to have up to 500 attendees beginning on May 1. 

Movie theaters and seated live entertainment will be allowed to operate indoors and outdoors at up to 25 percent capacity. Weddings and other special events will also be allowed indoors and outdoors at 25 percent of a space’s capacity.

Additionally, outdoor races, recreational pools, recreation centers, libraries, museums, galleries, exhibits and nonessential retail sites will be able to open at 50 percent capacity.

More than 162,000 Washington residents have been partially or fully vaccinated, and at least 190,621 people in the city have pre-registered for a vaccine appointment.