Millions of Americans are missing appointments for their second COVID-19 vaccine doses, and that includes people in the D.C.
About 13% of people in the District who were supposed to get a second Pfizer or Moderna shot have skipped it, according to Dr. Ankoor Shah, a senior D.C. Health official.
That’s higher than the 8% of Americans nationwide missing appointments for their second COVID-19 vaccine dose as of early April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Shah provided the update during a public oversight roundtable Thursday held by the D.C. Council’s Committee on Health on the District’s COVID-19 vaccination process.
Patrick Ashley, head of emergency response for D.C. Health, said the city has cleared out a backlog of people waiting for appointments, as it pivots away from its preregistration system.
Shah said 20% of D.C.’s population has been fully vaccinated, compared to 30% nationally.
Ward 1 D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau said there have been “tense moments … but we’ve gotten to a good place.”
You can watch the roundtable below.
WTOP’s John Aaron contributed to this report.
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