District of Columbia and Prince George’s County, Maryland vaccine

Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA) COVID-19  programs provide equitable health care to geographically isolated and economically or medically vulnerable people.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, or cancer are more likely to develop serious illnesses. Anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die.

Variants:

Viruses constantly change through mutation, and sometimes these mutations result in a new virus variant. Some variants emerge and disappear while others persist. The following variants of COVID-19 are:

  • Delta: more than 2x as contagious as previous variants
  • Omicron: Spreads more easily than SARS, unknown spread comparison to Delta

For more information, visit Variants of the Virus | CDC

Omicron:

The Omicron variant likely will spread more quickly than the original COVID-19 virus. It is still unknown how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.

Tools to fight it:

  • Vaccines: CDC recommends full vaccination of people ages 5 and older and booster shots for people ages 18 and older
  • Masks: offer protection against all variants. Recommended wearing in public settings indoor regardless of vaccination status
  • Testing: help identify if you’re infected with COVID-19

For more information from the CDC on the Omicron Variant visit: Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know | CDC

Symptoms: 

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

When to seek medical attention:

If you’re experiencing trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.

Before registering to receive a vaccine review these fact sheets:

Click here to review the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

Click here to review the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

Click here to review the Moderna Fact Sheet

 

Vaccines

Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with COVID-19 (including the Delta and Omicron variants). However, breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people are likely to occur. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters. The following are three types of vaccines available to protect against COVID-19:

1.     Pfizer-BioNTech

2.     Moderna

3.     Johnson & Johnson Janssen

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system) receive three (3) doses of an mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine* (Pfizer or Moderna) rather than two (2) doses recommended for other people. The 3rd dose is available as early as 28 days from the 2nd dose.

Additional vaccine resources:

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District of Columbia (D.C.) –

At the District’s COVID centers, individuals will have access to vaccinations, boosters, and take-home rapid antigen tests. New walk-up testing opportunities are also available, which will allow residents to administer and register a PCR test at home. Locations include:

  • Fort Stanton Recreation Center, 1812 Erie Street, SE, from noon to 6 pm
  • Capitol View Neighborhood Library, 5001 Central Avenue, SE, from 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, from 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue, NW, from 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Woodridge Neighborhood Library, 1801 Hamline Street, NE, from 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Public Charter School, 1404 Jackson Street, NE, from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Thomson Elementary School, 1200 L Street, NW, from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School, 2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Vaccines to significantly reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19 have become available. All District residents age 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. There are many reasons to get the vaccine. The most compelling one is that it could protect you and those around you from this life-threatening virus. For more information on why you should get the COVID-19 vaccine, visit: Protect Yourself_General Public Factsheet_English_March 2021_v3 (dc.gov)

Click here for the full list of vaccine locations in D.C.

Additional Resources and Information on COVID-19 Vaccines in DC:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information | coronavirus (dc.gov)

2021-COVID-kids5-11-FAQs.pdf (dc.gov)

Prince George’s County –

Watch Health Officer Dr. Ernest Carter answer common questions about COVID-19 vaccines:

Where to get vaccinated in PG County:  Prince George’s County Vaccine Locator (arcgis.com) or call 1-800-232-0233 or text your zip code to 438829

 

Boosters

Pfizer-BioNTech

  • Everyone ages 12 and older should get a booster
  • Recommended getting booster at least five (5) months after completing primary COVID-19 vaccination series
  • Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA Covid-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations
  • Teens age 12-17 may only get a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine booster

Moderna

  • Adults age 18 and older should get a booster
  • Recommended getting booster at least five (5) months after completing primary COVID- 19 vaccination series
  • Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA Covid-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations

Johnson & Johnson Janssen

  • Adults age 18 and older should get a booster
  • Recommended getting booster at least two (2) months after receiving J&J COVID-19 vaccination
  • Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA Covid-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations

 

For more information on COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, visit: COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots | CDC