Nov 5, 2021 - COVID

D.C.'s biggest vaccine roadblock is misinformation

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D.C.'s biggest challenge in ensuring an equitable COVID-19 vaccination program with kids now eligible is not access but rather combating misinformation and hesitancy, according to DC Health director LaQuandra Nesbitt.

What she's saying: "It is becoming dangerous and reckless to continue to withhold [vaccines] from our kids," she said yesterday at a hearing.

  • The district has enough vaccines, she added, but people have to want to get vaccinated — for themselves and their kids.
  • She urged parents to talk with a qualified health professional instead of getting answers on social media.
  • We asked doctors at Children’s National Hospital to answer some common pediatric vaccine questions and you can check out their vaccine FAQs here.

What's next: Several pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinics are planned over the weekend as D.C. aims to get 46,000 newly eligible kids vaccinated.

  • Nesbitt said at an event this week that the program has been structured to meet the needs of families.
  • The city has launched weekend and after-school clinics in every ward, keeping in mind that the largest populations of eligible kids are in Wards 4, 7, and 8, she added.

How to get the shot: D.C. is hosting two walk-up pediatric vaccine clinics on Friday.

  • Families can head to Takoma Community Center or Ft. Stanton Recreation Center from 3:30pm-7:30pm.
  • More pediatric vaccine sites are mapped here.

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