Mayor Muriel Bowser greets a four-month old and mingles in Ward 4 for the “Day of Action,” which was created to influence residents to get the COVID-19 vaccination. (Courtesy Photo)

By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. and Digital Editor
mgreen@afro.com

This reporter is working from Chicago, but got a text this weekend that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was in my neighborhood knocking on doors and encouraging local residents to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

I took to Twitter to do further research when I learned that Saturday, May 1, was what Mayor Bowser called the “Day of Action in which neighbors will help neighbors get vaccinated.”

More than 1,000 volunteers from the D.C. COVID-19 Community Corps, gathered to knock on over 12,000 doors and encourage vaccinations to combat the novel coronavirus.

Donning a white shirt with the message, “Take the Shot DC,” the Mayor and other volunteers met at Lamond Recreation Center to map out a walking route and create a plan to speak to as many residents as possible about the COVID-19 vaccination and where to get in the District of Columbia.

Some volunteers included passionate community leaders, families and members of sororities and organizations who were rallying to emphasize taking the shot in order to stop the spread of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Thank you to all of the organizations that got together today to help their neighbors get vaccinated,” Mayor Bowser tweeted.

Many social media users celebrated the Mayor’s efforts to get people vaccinated.

The May schedule for no appointment need, free COVID-19 vaccination sites. (Courtesy Photo)

“It was a fantastic #DayofAction! Happy to play a small part and grateful to the organizers.  Now, go get the shot, D.C.,” one person wrote on Twitter.

However, some residents are distrusting of the Mayor’s efforts and intentions to raise awareness about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I think it’s invasive to people who don’t want it,” James Wilson told the {AFRO}.  “If the Mayor has the nerve to go to your house to get you to voluntarily get the jab, then who’s to say she won’t have the police at your door?” 

In addition to concerns about the actual vaccine and the Mayor working to influence residents, others complained about the lack of organization for the Day of Action.

“Our Ward 4 site on Georgia Ave. was a real disappointment.  My son and I arrived at 9 a.m. and waited an hour for organizers to set up.  They were late, disorganized, not knowledgeable about the area, and had no plan of action.  Sadly, we left without knocking on any doors,” one Twitter user posted.

Despite concerns from some residents, Bowser applauded the work of all the volunteers.  “To all who made today possible, thank you.  You took took on this beautiful day to bring #DCHOPE to over 12,000 homes.  Keep doing what you’re doing D.C.  Let’s get vaccinated so that we can build back stronger together,” the Mayor tweeted.

On May 1, the District opened 11 no appointment needed, free COVID-19 sites around the District, for D.C. residents 18 and over.  Every day, Mayor Bowser promotes the open vaccination locations along with the hours of operation and the type of vaccines administered (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson) at the site that day.  Some regularly posted locations include Langdon Park Community Center, Providence Health System and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, however the list of open sites changes daily.

As of May 3, 532,191 COVID-19 vaccinations had been administered in the nation’s capital; 396,819 of those doses were to D.C. residents, while 135,372 do not live in the District.

For the full list and hours of operation for vaccination sites open in May, visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc or take a look at the schedule in the picture featured in this article.

Remember to consult a medical professional if you are interested, but have any questions or concerns about taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor