More people eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, including DC-area teens 16 and older

Anyone 16 or older in Maryland or D.C. can now register for COVID-19 vaccinations, and later this week, they can register in Virginia.

Maryland

Vaccine providers in Maryland will be required to allow shots for all Marylanders who are 16 and older, starting Monday. Eligible teens will be able to get vaccines at any of the state’s mass vaccination sites on Tuesday.

Maryland has mass vaccination sites at the following locations: Six Flags America Theme Park; Regency Furniture Stadium (Blue Crabs Stadium); Wicomico Civic Center; Hagerstown Premium Outlets; M & T Bank Stadium; and Greenbelt Washington Metro Station.

The Wicomico Civic Center and Hagerstown Premium Outlets sites offer walk-up or drive-up lines with no appointment required.

This week, mass vaccination sites will open at Frederick Community College and at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Next week, a site at the Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen is expected to open.

Teens who are 16 or 17 will only be able to use clinics that provide the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. That vaccine is the only one the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has currently authorized for those ages.

Appointments for those in Phase 1 or 2 will still be prioritized.

In Maryland, you can preregister to get your shots. You can find a clinic near you by entering your ZIP code. Those without internet access can call Maryland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center at 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829) seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

DC

Phase Two starts for D.C. residents Monday. The city’s health department “determined that there were enough appointments remaining to begin offering appointments” to all residents 16 or older.

You can preregister at vaccinate.dc.gov or call 855-363-0333 to make an appointment.

D.C. Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said there are “about 181,000 people who remain in the system who have not yet had an appointment scheduled” during a news conference Monday.

“I don’t want us to lose sight that we still have a lot of work to do to get people registered,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

“We can’t — if you’re not registered at all, then this system and everything that we’re talking about … none of it applies to you. So we also have to be very concerned about getting people into the system for their appointments.”

In D.C., capacity at Wizards and Capitals games increases on Monday.

D.C. and Monumental Sports & Entertainment reached an agreement for Capital One Arena to open its doors to fans up to 10% capacity, or around 2,100 people. Hundreds of frontline workers will be invited to the home openers.

Monumental spelled out all of the new safety protocols on its website Monday. Among the protocols will be limited movement around the arena, tickets being sold in pods of four seats and cashless pay options.

D.C. also granted a waiver for Nationals Park and Audi Field to increase attendance to 25% of maximum capacity. The increase will allow up to 10,000 fans at Nats Park and around 5,000 for Audi Field.

Virginia

In Virginia, everyone age 16 and older will be able to get the coronavirus vaccine beginning April 18.

You can preregister online at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 711). You’ll be notified when you get an appointment.

Operators at the Virginia call center speak English, Spanish and more than 100 other languages. Videoconferencing in American Sign Language is available at vaccinate.virginia.gov.

Some Virginia jurisdictions are ahead of schedule. Both Loudoun County and the City of Alexandria on Monday now moved into Phase 2, which means all residents 16 and over are eligible for the vaccine.

Loudoun residents can preregister on the state’s site

Alexandria residents can preregister on the city’s site.

The chart below shows how much vaccine progress the three jurisdictions have made.

WTOP’s Will Vitka, Rick Massimo, Abigail Constantino and Zeke Hartner contributed to this story.

Colleen Kelleher

Colleen Kelleher is an award-winning journalist who has been with WTOP since 1996. Kelleher joined WTOP as the afternoon radio writer and night and weekend editor and made the move to WTOP.com in 2001. Now she works early mornings as the site's Senior Digital Editor.

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