Local leaders and DC Health are emphasizing the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. (AP Photo)
(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. and Digital Editor

Although vaccines and COVID-19 precautions are making a difference in the spread of the pandemic and death rates, Washingtonians are still testing positive for the novel coronavirus.  Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health are encouraging Washingtonians to get the COVID-19 vaccine— with 12 year-olds now eligible to get the shot.

As of May 31, 49,000 D.C. residents tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,134 died of complications from coronavirus. Further, Black Washingtonians have been affected the most by the pandemic, accounting for 51 percent (24,783) of total positive cases and 76 percent of the total deaths (862).  

With such numbers, the DC Health team an Mayor are using all sorts of techniques to ensure Washingtonians are vaccinated. 

If one is unable to leave the house, DC Health is offering appointments to residents who are homebound and encouraging them or their caregivers to call: 1-855-363-0333.

DC Health is also tugging at Washingtonians’ heartstrings, utilizing flyers showing people gathering together and having a good time, with captions such as “Let’s get back to TIME WITH FRIENDS together, or “Let’s get back to FAMILY GATHERINGS together.”

One tweet from DC Health read, “The pandemic has separated us for far too long, but better days are ahead.  Get vaccinated and let’s get back to celebrating those special days in-person together.” Social media user, Lorenzo Savage, replied saying, “Yes, isn’t that the Truth and I can’t wait.”

A list of walk up COVID-19 vaccination locations for the month of June. (Courtesy Photo)

The District estimates 51.2 percent of Washingtonians are partially or fully vaccinated, but D.C. leaders and officials are pushing for more people to get the shot created to combat coronavirus.

Walk-up vaccination sites include: Arena Stage in Southwest, RISE Demonstration Center and Anacostia High School in Southeast, Eastern High School and Luke C. Moore High School in Northeast, and University of the District of Columbia, Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Ida B. Wells Middle School all in Northwest.

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Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor