Children 6 months to 5-years-old can now receive their COVID-19 vaccines to stop the spread of the virus. (Photo Courtesy)

By Deborah Bailey,
AFRO D.C. Editor

After approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), COVID-19 vaccines are now available for the youngest children throughout the D.C., Maryland, and Virgina (DMV) area and nationwide.

The vaccine will be available at all District COVID Centers, doctors’ offices and health clinics. 

D.C. Health Center staff indicate that the first shipment is limited. Each of the District’s COVID Centers received 150 doses of Pfizer and 150 doses of Moderna to start this week. An additional 60 doses of Pfizer and 140 doses of Moderna were scheduled to arrive following the next day. 

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are two shot doses administered four weeks apart. Parents will need to show proof of D.C. residency for their child to take the pediatric vaccine. Parents need to show an ID card, piece of mail with your name and address on it, or lease, which can all be used for this purpose. 

In Prince George’s Montgomery and Charles counties, the vaccine arrived on June 22 and should be available in pediatric offices, through family practitioners, federally qualified health centers, pharmacies, and local health departments throughout the region. Maryland parents in the DMV are urged to contact their pediatric providers or to schedule an appointment by contacting covidvax.maryland.gov or calling the GoVAX Call Center at 1-855-MD-GOVAX. 

“Everybody who can get vaccinated, should get vaccinated,” said family medicine physician Jarita Hagans. 

Hagans strongly recommends Black parents to get the vaccine for their youngest children and themselves as soon as possible. The D.C. physician and Howard Medical School graduate is a Baltimore native, who has served families across the DMV region for close to 20 years at her Zion Family Practice in Southeast Washington, D.C.  

“I am happy with the safety of the vaccine for young children,” Hagans said. “That’s why it took so long to roll out.” 

Hagans said she is familiar with the concerns that many Black parents have about the vaccine and their young children. She has also heard the suspicions Black parents have about the vaccine.

“I understand why Black people have concerns about vaccinations and medical information in general. We haven’t been listened to and our needs have been overlooked in some cases by the medical establishment,” Hagans said. 

“But that is changing”, she said. Hagans reminded Afro readers we are still in a pandemic and COVID-19 is still highly transmissible for those who are not vaccinated. 

The list of COVID sites for District residents to get their 6 months to 5-year-olds vaccinated is found  below. 

Next week: A deep dive into COVID-19 suspicions that still plague the Black community. 

AddressHours
WARD 1:  1000 U Street, NWMonday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: CLOSED
WARD TWO: 926 F Street, NWMonday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: CLOSED
WARD 3: 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NWMonday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm
WARD 4:4704 13th Street, NWMonday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: CLOSED
WARD 5: 350 Washington Place NE, Ste 105-NMonday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm
WARD 6: 507 8th Street, SEMonday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm
WARD 7: 3929 Minnesota Avenue, NEMonday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm
Ward 8: 3640 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SEMonday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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