COVID-19 Vaccine Update

April 7, 2021

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,
We have an important update regarding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington, DC:
Beginning Monday, April 19, all DC residents, ages 16 and older, will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 
Here is what we need you to do: First and foremost, if you are a DC resident who is not yet vaccinated and you have not yet pre-registered for an appointment, I need you to pre-register right now.
  • You can pre-register on any day, at any time by going to
  • You can also pre-register by calling 1-855-363-0333. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you are already vaccinated, we need you to reach out to your friends, family, and neighbors and talk to them about their plans to pre-register and get vaccinated. If you are nervous about getting vaccinated, talk to a friend, family member, or health care professional who has already been vaccinated. The vaccines are safe, effective, and the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our community.
I am incredibly proud of our how our community has stepped up to respond to this pandemic. Now the end is in sight. Let’s finish the fight, DC.
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Beulah Sutherland Funeral Arrangements

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the soul of Beulah Sutherland, MPCA Treasurer for over 25 years, who passed  on March 21, 2021.
Following are the details for her funeral arrangements from the funeral home’s announcement .  The funeral home announcement indicates that the Visitation and Funeral may be viewed online by going to their web page listed immediately below.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
6:30 – 8:30 PM
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
1029 Monroe Street Northeast
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
Visitation (on-line or in-person)
Friday, April 9th, 2021
10:00 – 11:00am AM
St.  Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
1029 Monroe Street Northeast
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
Mass of a Christian Burial (on-line or in-person)
Friday, April 9th, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:1 PM
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
1029 Monroe Street Northeast
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
President Ralph Bucksell
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Monroe Street Market

Monroe Street Market, 3 April 2021

The local Monroe Street Market, on the Catholic University Side of the  Brookland Metro, is again open Saturday mornings, 9am to 1pm.  In addition to the farm produce, small vendors sell freshly backed bread, tee and coffee, and other foodstuffs. And, of course, dont forget the craft beer and spirits vendors. Also, many of the galleries are also open with local artists and artisans.

Monroe Street Marke, 3 April 2021





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COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Update

DC Updates Guidelines to Get their Covid-19 Registration Guidance

All District Residents and Essential Employees May Now Preregister for their Covid-19 Vaccination
The COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-registration system for making vaccination appointments may be done by going to or by calling the COVID-19 Call Center at 1-855-363-0333. For deaf/hard-of-hearing individuals, dial 711 for TTY service.
Once you are pre-registered and in “an eligible population”, you will be contacted via email or phone (it is best to use a mobile phone that can receive text messages)  to book your appointment. Due to limits on available appointments, it may take weeks for you to receive an invitation to book an appointment. Beginning Thursday, March 18, 2021, invitations to book appointments will be sent out on:
Thursdays by 10:00 a.m.
Sundays by 10:00 a.m.
Tuesdays by 10:00 a.m. (only if any appointments remain to be filled)
Please note that when you receive an email or text message invitation to book an appointment to receive your vaccination, you must book it within 48 hours.  If you do not respond within that time period, you must again pre-register.
To Pre-Register online by a mobile phone or computer for Vaccination Appointment please go to:
2.  Scroll down to the box and click on:  “GET PRE-REGISTER HERE”
To Pre-Register by a phone call for a Vaccination Appointment, please call:
 3.  1-855-363-0333 (Deaf or hard of hearing individuals, dial 711 for TTY service).
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Seniors COVID 19 Vaccinations

Seniors Can Schedule Their Coronavirus Vaccinations
Washington DC residents 65 and older may now book a reservation to receive their vaccinations for the Coronavirus
by logging onto the following web page:
Please note:  You will need your insurance information, if you have supplemental insurance, to book your reservation.
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COVID 19 Vaccine Update

Coronavirus Virus Vaccine Update 
Ralph Bucksell submits the following information on DC’s Coronavirus Vaccine Preregistration for Seniors 65 & Older

The mayor has published on the internet the city’s plans to deal with the coronavirus.  Members can find the city’s plans to attack the virus and her proposed scheduled to vaccinate our citizens who work and/or live in DC.  The complete discussion may be found at the following web address:

The mayor’s web page has been updated to include the mayor’s initial proposed schedule for vaccinating DC residents and essential employees.  Currently, the city is vaccinating only people who work in the medical field.  Starting next week her schedule proposes that citizens 65 and older begin receiving their vaccines.  (Anita Bonds has published an announcement in her newsletter today).  However, the mayor has not announced that the vaccinations will actually begin at that time.  That said, the mayor has posted on her coronavirus web page that citizens 65 and older may preregister for receiving the vaccine.  This will allow the city to contact the seniors directly as soon as they will expand vaccinations to senior citizens.  
I have posted the web page instructions on how to preregister to receive the vaccine by clicking on their link below.  Please note that you will need to put your email address or mobile cell phone number so that you can receive instructions from the city on receiving your vaccinations.  Ms. Bonds encourages seniors to preregister as soon as possible so that the city might be able to figure out the best neighborhood locations to distribute the vaccines.
I will continue to check the mayor’s web page daily to keep everyone updated on when all can receive their vaccines.  Note:  I have included the section of the web page below that includes the links to the various discussions.
Copy this website to visit the mayor’s full Coronavirus web page:
Click on or copy this link to preregister:   the vaccine and DC’s distribution plan,
Below is a section of the web page giving you links to the various sections that may interest you.  If they do not work for you, please go the mayor’s web site and click on the link that interest you.
The DC Government urges you to help flatten the curve :
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay home if you feel sick
On this site, we also have have information on the vaccine and DC’s distribution plansignage for your hometesting resourceshelp with utilitiesfood resourceshealth guidanceresources for businesses and individualsoperating status of DC Government, and more. Please bookmark and share this portal with your community
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DC Public School Fair

DC’s Annual Citywide Public School Fair (EdFest) is Virtual This Year

Saturday, December 12, 2020

On behalf of My School DC, the District’s common application and public school lottery, My School DC will host EdFEST, DC’s annual citywide public school fair this Saturday Dec 12th which will be virtual for the first time.
At this year’s event, families can explore all DCPS and public charter schools (PK3 – Grade 12) on their device. Just like in-person EdFEST, they will have the opportunity to connect directly with school representatives, as well as education support organizations, one-on-one — through chat, video, or phone.
Please help promote this event with parents in your SMD or Civic Association. Attached is a partner toolkit, where you’ll find basic information about My School DC and EdFEST, as well as social media and newsletter content. They also have Graphics which can be downloaded here.
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Zoo Lights

From DC Council Contituent Services.

There will not be a Zoolights program this year at the Zoo this year.  However, there will be a caravan going through the neighborhood on Friday, December 11, 2020 between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM.  The route of the caravan is noted below.  For more details, read the message below and click on the links for details on this program.

Zoo Lights

Please note that event routes are subject to change.
Follow this link to view the interactive map to see the Ward 5 route:
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Ward 5 COVID 19 Awareness

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From DC Council Constituent Services.

Please help get the word out to all of our residents and visitors to help keep our communities safe. Please see below for current metrics on Coronavirus/COVID-19 particularly for Ward 5. There is an upward trend in the District in general as in other parts of the country and Ward 5 in particular has the 2nd highest number of cases in the District just behind Ward 4.  Please remember to stay home as much as you can, wear a mask in public, wash your hands and keep 6′ distance when out in public to help control the spread. And if you start to feel symptoms please get tested,,and take precautions to protect yourself and your family. We encourage folks to visit the website and click on the various options to slice and dice the data to see what’s trending.

COVID 19 Trend

Additional News
  • Residents can download and print signs to post on their homes to notify any guests of the safer practices being observed in the homes. Residents can find them here:

  • Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced the Bridge Fund, a $100 million investment in businesses and workers grappling with the COVID-19 public health emergency in the hospitality, entertainment, and retail sectors.

  • Mayor Bowser announced Monday, November 23 as DC Senior Flu Shot Day. On Monday, November 23, seniors across DC can go to more than 25 participating pharmacy locations to get a flu shot. For more information and to find a participating pharmacy, visit:
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Turkey Giveaway November 20

Community Announcement

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