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Coronavirus vaccines are now available in the D.C. region, but doses are in short supply, leaving residents scrambling to find appointments through competing state, county, city and hospital sign-up systems. The Washington Post’s Julie Zauzmer and Fenit Nirappil answered your questions about the vaccine rollout and the likely impact of the arrival of the first confirmed coronavirus variants in the region at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

More than 14,000 people from all three jurisdictions have died of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The Post has been tracking the number of cases reported across the region.

Zauzmer covers the D.C. government for The Post, reporting on measures set by city health officials to curtail the spread of the virus. Nirappil spent five years covering District politics and now reports on the federal government’s response to the pandemic. He recently wrote about the call for double-masking, or upgrading masks to protect against more transmittable variants of the virus.

Below, you’ll find a transcript of the published questions and responses from Zauzmer and Nirappil. Thanks for reading.

Looking for more answers? Our reporters answered additional coronavirus-related questions in chats on Feb. 10 and Feb. 17.