Are coronavirus cases going down in D.C.?
Yes. You can follow the trends on The Washington Post’s tracker.
How many people in D.C. have been vaccinated so far?
The Washington Post’s tracker has information on the number of people in the District who have been vaccinated.
I haven’t gotten vaccinated yet — do I still need an appointment?
No. You can choose to make an appointment at a pharmacy or clinic if you’re most comfortable there, but you can also go to a city-sponsored walk-up clinic. Visit this city website to see the latest list of walk-up locations across the city. The District has closed several of its vaccination clinics as demand for the vaccine drops off. The first closures came May 31, when Giant pharmacists stopped providing vaccines at Turkey Thicket and Kenilworth recreation centers. They are continuing vaccinating patients only in Giant stores.
In late June, four of the city’s walk-up clinics closed, including the University of the District of Columbia site in Ward 3, which has higher vaccination rates than most of the city, and the RISE Demonstration Center in Ward 8, which has the lowest vaccination rate. The remaining walk-up options are almost all in the eastern half of the city, but the District plans to keep at least one walk-up clinic open in each quadrant of the city, including Providence Health in Northeast, United Medical Center in Southeast, Children’s National in Northwest and Community of Hope in Southwest.
Are children and teens able to get vaccinated yet?
Yes, children and teens age 12 and up can get the Pfizer vaccine at specified days and times at some of the city’s walk-up sites. They can also get appointments in the District at commercial pharmacies and several hospitals and health clinics.
Are there any pandemic restrictions in D.C.?
On May 21, the city ended its capacity restrictions and other pandemic rules for most businesses and public venues, including restaurants and retail stores. The only remaining restrictions — which restrict the capacity at especially crowded places including concert halls, sports arenas, and nightclubs — came to an end on June 11.
The May 21 reopening did away with the controversial ban on dancing at weddings at most venues.
Is the city offering incentives for me to get the vaccine?
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced that District residents who get their first dose at the R.I.S.E Demonstration Center, Anacostia High School or Ron Brown College Preparatory High School beginning June 19 will receive a $51 gift card after getting their shot. The promotion runs through July 17. On June 19, Bowser said the drawing will include many more prizes in the next month, including a Jeep, Metro cards preloaded with fares and $10,000 of grocery store credits.
Will I need a booster shot — and if so, how can I get one?
This is still not clear. Vaccine developers such as Pfizer have said people will “likely” need a booster shot within 12 months of being vaccinated, but this has not been confirmed by federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read about the latest scientific updates from The Post’s health section.
Do I still need to wear a mask?
D.C.'s broad mask order, which required residents to wear a mask almost every time they left their house, no longer applies to fully vaccinated people. (Those who have not had all their doses yet still need to keep a mask on in almost all settings.) If you’re fully vaccinated, D.C. law now requires that you wear a mask only in certain settings, including public transit, hospitals and doctor’s offices, schools, and any business that requires its patrons to mask up.
Michael Brice-Saddler and Rebecca Tan contributed to this report.