COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

January 19, 2021

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Last Updated: May 4, 2021

As of Saturday, May 1, the District transitioned to the use of 11 high-capacity, walk-up, no appointment needed vaccination sites. (Walk-up sites are for first doses. When you receive your first dose, you will still make an appointment to get your second dose.)

The walk-up sites will be in addition to the pharmacies, clinics, and health care providers that are also administering the vaccines citywide. These sites will operate their own scheduling systems. Visit to find appointments at pharmacies, clinics, and healthcare providers across the District.

Can’t leave your home? 1-855-363-0333 and the District will come to you! call center hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am – 7:00pm and Saturday – Sunday 8:00am – 4:00pm.

Please note: Iona is NOT a vaccination site. Pre-registrations are no longer being accepted online by the District.  

Walk-Up Locations

Walk-Up Site Address Normal Days / Hours Vaccine
Arena Stage 1101 6th St SW Thursday-Sunday

8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm

Entertainment and Sports Arena 1100 Oak St SE Switching to RISE after May 1 Pfizer
Fort Stanton Rec Center 1812 Erie St, SE May 3-May 6 and May 10-May13


May 24-May 27


Kenilworth Rec Center 4321 Ord St, NE  Tues/Wed/Fri


Lamond Rec Center 20 Tuckerman St, NE May 5-May 8:


May 12-15, 19-22, 26-29: 2pm-7pm

Langdon Park Community Center 2901 20th St, NE May 3-May 6 and May 10-May13


May 24-May 27


Providence Health System 1150 Varnum St, NE Monday-Thursday


RISE Demonstration


2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE Monday-Saturday


Beginning May 3

Rosedale Rec Center 1701 Gales St, NE May 3: 9am-1pm

May 6-8, 10, 13-15, 17, 20-22, 24: 2pm-7pm

May 27-29: 9am-1pm

Turkey Thicket Rec Center 1100 Michigan Ave, NE  Tues/Wed/Fri 10A-4P Moderna
UDC 4225 Connecticut Ave, NW May 5, 6, 12, 14, 19, 20


Walter E. Washington Convention Center with GW 801 Mt Vernon Pl, NW Monday – Friday 7:30am-3:30pm Pfizer

Community vaccination opportunities

  • All adults can book appointments through the CVS site (when appointments are available)
  • Upcoming special initiatives include:
    • A special COVID-19 vaccination clinic for District residents experiencing homelessness launched at the corner of 1st and E Streets NW. The clinic is only for residents experiencing homelessness, and will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. No pre-registration is required at this site.
    • St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ward 7 is hosting Faith in the Vaccine clinics today, April 28, and tomorrow, April 29.
    • Emory Fellowship United Methodist Church in Ward 4 is hosting a Faith in the Vaccine clinic on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1.
    • And Masjid Muhammad, The Nation’s Mosque, will host Faith in the Vaccine clinics on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8.
    • Senior Walk-Up Sites begin April 19:


  • DC Veterans and spouses can call the DC VA Medical Center to schedule appointment at 202-745-4342.

Hospital patients

District hospitals have started outreach to schedule their patient population of DC residents 65 years and older.  Please visit the hospital website where you are a patient (seen by the hospital in an outpatient clinic within the last two years) for instructions on how to register for an available appointment. Like the District’s COVID-19 vaccination scheduling portal, hospital appointments are limited.

Schedule a hospital appointment:

Schedule a health center appointment

District Health centers are also scheduling their patient population of DC residents 65 years and older. If you are a patient at one of the following health centers, please contact them to see if there is any schedule availability for appointments. Of note, allocations of vaccine are very limited.

Transportation for vaccine appointments

The District’s Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) cover all transportation (free of charge), to and from, all medically necessary covered services and appointments.  To request transportation, the Enrollee should call the following number to schedule the service:

  • AmeriHealth Caritas DC | Call 1-800-315-3485. Rides available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • CareFirst Community Health Plan DC | Call MTM1 at 1-855-824-5693. Rides available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Health Services for Children with Special Needs | Call SET Transportation at 1-866-991-5433
  • MedStar Family Choice DC | Call 1-866-201-9974

Tips for the day of your vaccine appointment 

  • Wear a mask. 
  • Bring your photo ID, confirmation code, and health insurance card. 
  • Wear a loose-fitting shirt. 
  • Expect to stay 1530 minutes after your vaccination for observation.  
  • Arrive at your designated appointment time to reduce wait time and exposure to others. 

After you receive the vaccine 

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created a cell phone app called the V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker. (A smartphone is required.) This app allows you to tell the CDC if you experience any side effects after receiving the vaccine. The healthcare professional who gives you your vaccine will give you instructions for how to download the app.  
  • A second dose of the vaccine will be required three or four weeks after your first vaccination depending on which COVID-19 vaccine you receive.  

Get more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, ways to stay safe, and how to get help from Iona’s COVID-19 Resource Library.  

By Lauren Stephenson