COVID-19 vaccine program lets DC groups, employers schedule clinics

Organizations will be able to request a coronavirus vaccine clinic for their groups through a partnership between the D.C. Health Department and the central technology office.

Through the Vaccine Exchange Program, faith- and community-based organizations, as well as D.C. employers, can submit requests for a vaccine clinic, and vaccine providers would be able to accept those requests and schedule clinics. It’s a program launched by DC Health and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

“This public-private partnership allows the District to help meet the demand of employers looking for ways to protect their workers from COVID-19 and its devastating results,” Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, DC Health’s director, said in a statement.

The clinics can take place indoors or outdoors, but must be able to accommodate three spaces for check-in, vaccine administration and post-vaccination observation. Social distancing must also be maintained.

Organizations interested in getting a clinic set up must:

  • Coordinate with the vaccinator for site visits, site preparation and scheduling.
  • Recruit a minimum number of people to be vaccinated at the event to prevent vaccine waste.
  • Commit to organizing two events within the recommended intervals for when both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines should be administered.
  • Communicate key information on first and second doses.
  • Gather and ensure participants provide all information and documentation needed by the vaccinator.
  • Provide staff and volunteers to assist the vaccinator with clinic operations, including check-in, wiping down surfaces, directing patient flow and enforcing masking and social-distancing requirements.

Organizations interested in offering a vaccination clinic can submit a request on the Vaccine Exchange Program site.

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Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day. Visit their official sites here: Virginia | Maryland | D.C.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University and a master’s degree in English Literature from The George Washington University.

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