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On Wednesday, Mayor Murield Bowser and DC Health announced new vaccine clinics at six DC Public Schools, open to all DC residents between the ages of 12 and 18.

The announcement comes as the District prepares to close high-capacity walk-up vaccination sites on July 17.

The Mayor said that DC Health will continue to provide targeted vaccination opportunities to the community, beginning with these new school vaccine clinics. The clinics are open to all District youth, not just DCPS students.

As adjustments are made to vaccination sites, residents are also reminded that they can find opportunities to claim their free COVID-19 vaccine, including at pharmacies and clinics across all eight wards, by going to vaccines.gov. 

The school clinics are located in areas with lower vaccination rates. In June,  DC Councilmember At-Large Christina Henderson tweeted vaccination data for students 12-15 received from the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME). Data indicated that residents in that age group living in Wards 7 and 8, where the majority of the District’s youth reside, had vaccination rates below 10 percent as of June 21. In Ward 7, 8.3 percent of young teenagers had at least one shot; in Ward 8, it was 5 percent.

All DC residents 12 and older who get their first (or only) COVID-19 vaccine dose at three select sites are eligible to receive a $51 VISA gift card (those under 18 should bring a parent/guardian). People who help unvaccinated friends, family, and neighbors make a plan to get vaccinated and accompany them to a vaccination site can also receive a $51 VISA gift card.

Through the Take the Shot – DC Vaccine Buddy Program, helpers can redeem up to 11 gift cards (one card per unvaccinated DC resident that they accompany to a vaccination site).

School Vaccination Site Schedule

The initial schedule for school-based COVID-19 vaccine clinics is listed below. Additional dates and opportunities are expected to be added throughout the summer, and the most recent and current schedule will be posted on vaccinate.dc.gov.   

  • Cardozo EC (1200 Clifton St. NW), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
    • The school will have first dose opportunities on 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, and 7/20. The school will have second dose opportunities on 7/6, 7/13, 7/17, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, and 8/17. For more information, please call (202) 727-5148. 
  • H.D. Woodson (540 55th St. NE), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
    • The school will have first dose opportunities on 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, and 7/28. The school will have second dose opportunities on 7/7, 7/10, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, and 8/18. For more information, please call (202) 724-2287. 
  • Roosevelt HS (4301 13th St. NW), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
    • The school will have first dose opportunities on 8/7. The school will have second dose opportunities on 8/28. For more information, please call (202) 727-6333. 
  • Dunbar SHS (101 N St. NW), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
    • The school will have first dose opportunities on 7/24. Children’s National will be providing the second dose opportunities at the Main Hospital (111 Michigan Avenue NW) on 8/14 and at the school during school hours Monday – Friday from August 16-20. To schedule an appointment, please call (202) 476-5464. Walk-ups are also welcomed.
  • Ballou SHS (3401 4th St. SE), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • The school will have first dose opportunities on 7/31. Children’s National will be providing the second dose opportunities at the Main Hospital (111 Michigan Avenue NW) on 8/21 and at the school during school hours Monday – Friday from August 23-27. To schedule an appointment, please call (202) 476-5464. Walk-ups are also welcomed.
  • Anacostia (1601 16th St. SE), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • The school will have first dose opportunities on 7/31. The school will have second dose opportunities on 8/21. For more information, please call (202) 727-6333. 

Consent policies vary by provider, and the DCPS vaccine clinics will be operated by multiple providers. Students and families can call ahead to learn more about the consent policy at a specific site.  

Faith in the Vaccine Clinics: 

  • New Samaritan Baptist Church (1100 Florida Ave NE): July 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July 21, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Temple of Praise (700 Southern Ave SE): July 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July 21, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Pennsylvania Ave Baptist Church (3000 Pennsylvania Ave SE): July 2 and 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Updates to Testing Sites

Additionally, while Friday, July 2 will be the last day of operations at the UDC and Anacostia testing sites, the community is reminded that firehouse testing sites will remain open and that the Test Yourself DC kits continue to be available for pick-up and drop-off at 16 libraries across the District. More information about the at-home testing kits can be found at testyourself.dc.gov