After a year navigating life during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are familiar with the measures necessary to reduce the potential for contracting Covid-19 and/or spreading it. The CDC and DC Health have provided helpful guidance on how to stay safe. However, each day we find ourselves making individual choices based on our personal comfort. Questions like, “Should I dine-in at a restaurant?”, or “Can I visit with my family and friends?” have dominated our lives.
A recently published New York Times Opinion article includes a helpful tool to gauge your risk (you can complete the tool without submitting it to The Times). The tool considers five categories including the activity in question, who you will be with, who is in your circle, where you live or plan to visit, and your health. After answering a series of questions, the tool provides information to help you weigh your risk in those five areas. The bottom line is we will still have to use CDC guidelines to help inform our individual decision making for the foreseeable future. It is always a good idea to avoid crowds, wear a mask, practice safe social distancing and wash your hands well and often.
For those that have been fully vaccinated, you may be asking how long immunity may last. According to a recent article published by AARP, “The short answer: It's hard to predict, but experts say it could be several years”. Click here to read the full article.
Not vaccinated yet? Pre-register on the DC Coronavirus website or call the COVID-19 Call Center at 1-855-363-0333. For deaf/hard-of-hearing individuals, dial 711 for TTY service. If you are pre-registered and in an eligible population, you may be contacted via email or phone to book your appointment. Due to limits on available appointments, it may take weeks for you to receive an invitation to book an appointment. Invitations to book appointments will be sent:
Thursdays by 10:00 a.m.
Sundays by 10:00 a.m.
Tuesdays by 10:00 a.m. (only if any appointments remain to be filled)
You can also watch a video about how to pre-register for a vaccine, by clicking here.
As of March 29, 2021, DC is now vaccinating the following: