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The number of new coronavirus infections hovered at an elevated level Friday as the District announced the opening of additional vaccination appointments in some wards to people 65 and older and health-care workers.

The new appointments will be available online and by phone starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

“Demand for the vaccine is high,” a notice from DC Health said. “We appreciate your patience as we work together to get Washingtonians across all eight wards vaccinated.”

Residents can register online at or by calling the District’s hotline at 855-363-0333.

The new vaccines will be available in wards 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8.

Across the region Friday, jurisdictions in the greater Washington region were vaccinating seniors and other vulnerable populations while also awaiting more shipments of the shots.

The region reported 8,039 new infections Friday and 75 virus-related fatalities. Virginia added 4,795 cases and 30 deaths, while Maryland had 2,924 cases and 45 deaths. The District had 320 cases and no additional deaths.

The rolling seven-day average number of cases across the region stood Friday at 8,269, down from 8,698 on Tuesday, which saw the highest daily average since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the number of vaccines distributed across the region is approaching 500,000. In Virginia, 237,855 first doses have been distributed, while the number is 195,220 in Maryland, according to state tracking websites. The District has administered 26,672 total doses, data shows.

Most vaccinations in Virginia have been administered by hospitals, which have given out more than 175,000 total shots, including 73,000 in the week ending Tuesday, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Friday.

The state continues to vaccinate health-care professionals, identified weeks ago as the top priority population, even as Gov. Ralph Northam (D) gave health districts the approval to vaccinate those 65 and older and anyone with high-risk medical conditions.

Arlington County health officials announced plans to hold two clinics this weekend to vaccinate 1,800 people who work in child care and as teachers. The county will make more appointments available for people in those group who aren’t vaccinated this weekend as more doses are delivered.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said on Thursday that beginning next week, vaccine eligibility will be expanded to people 75 or older, as well as teachers and child-care providers.

A day after Hogan’s announcement, Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) on Friday raised questions about whether the state has done enough to connect with hard-to-reach populations.

Hogan spokesman Mike Ricci said Ferguson was briefed on the vaccine rollout last month and is given daily progress updates.