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COVID Vaccination Site Guide

Thanks to our partners at DC Villages, we have anecdotal information to share about the experiences people have had at some of the vaccination sites. Please note, we are sharing this in the spirit of neighbor-to-neighbor support. The information provided on this page is strictly based on individual reports and is not intended as a formal guide to the DC COVID vaccination sites.
For specific questions about a vaccination site, please contact 1-855-363-0333

 DC Health has recently contracted with new providers. If you have recently visited a vaccination site not currently listed, please let us know your experience so we can keep the list up to date and help our neighbors.


Giant: 1500 block of Alabama SE

Parking

Huge parking lot onsite.

Accessibility

Vaccines are offered at the Wellness Center, just to the left of the main entrance - not the pharmacy. There was no signage specific to the Covid vaccination either outside or inside the Giant. But the Wellness Center is identified by a big sign above its space, and the white-coated technicians are visible through the floor-to-ceiling window wall.

There are about six chairs outside of the Wellness Center for people waiting, filling out paperwork, or for observation post-vaccine. There was not enough seating so people stood, socially distanced and masked.

Time

At the Giant this morning, the vaccinations were being given by two technicians who were doing the shots (and paperwork) each at their own vaccination station/table, and another assistant doing queue management. My appointment was for 10am, and there was a line of about 5 people when I got there, and nothing underway yet. But 30 minutes later, those in queue were given a form to fill in (health-related questions, allergic reactions, etc.) vaccinations started, and I got mine about 10:45. People were being asked to stay on-site for an additional 15 to 30 minutes for observation to ensure no adverse reaction.

Info on 2nd dose

I was given a card indicating that I had received the first dose, and setting my appointment (at the same location) for the second dose (no need for further registration for that). This location was doing the Moderna vaccine.

Other comments

At this location the social distancing, and sanitizing of surfaces at the vaccination stations between patients was adequate. My technician was a bit hard to understand, having a soft voice, and behind her mask and face shield, but was polite and we worked things out.

 

Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center: 324 Kennedy Street, NW
Please Note: All appointments at Hattie Holmes have been moved to Lamond Recreation Center

 

Kenilworth Recreation Center: 4321 Ord Street NE 20019

Parking

The center itself is in a quiet residential neighborhood with plentiful street parking

Accessibility

 

Time

I was given paperwork to fill out immediately on arrival, and then asked to wait in socially-distanced seating. I waited very briefly, my number was called just a few minutes after my appointment time.

Info on 2nd dose

I got the shot, was given an appointment time for my second shot, and asked to wait for 20 minutes in more socially-distanced seating to ensure I had no adverse reaction to the vaccine.

 

Other comments

I arrived at the Kenilworth Recreation Center after a little difficulty finding the location (fortunately I had allowed sufficient time for a few wrong turns!). The vaccination clinic, operated by Giant pharmacy, was run very smoothly. Both the receptionist and my health provider were very pleasant and efficient. Overall, it was a super positive experience and I feel so lucky to have gotten the shot.

 

Lamond Recreation Center: 20 Tuckerman Street, NE

Parking

Free parking in the lot

Accessibility

Chairs are provided inside.

Time

Total time range from 45 minutes to 90 minutes

Info on 2nd dose

Both respondents were receiving 2nd Dose

Other comments

Respondent #1: Arrived at 3:20 for 3:30 appointment, there was an outdoor line 1/2 block long. Waited outside for approximately 1 hour, social distancing outside was not very good. Once inside, social distancing was better.
Respondent #2: No one waiting outside, well spaced and organized areas to wait in assigned chairs for one of the five pharmacists; then another area of the gymnasium for the post-15 minute wait.   No one checked my paperwork, however, until I handed it to the pharmacist.  You can't get a shot without a CDC vaccination card with date of first shot on it. 

 

Model Cities Senior Wellness Center: 1901 Evarts St NE, WDC 20018

Parking

Respondent #1: Plenty of free parking spaces adjacent to building entrance
Respondent #2: Parking availability on the street in front of the site, and at times in the building lot.

Accessibility

Numerous chairs available and appropriately spaced throughout the process
Long line outside the building (in very cold weather), including standing in muddy area, not well socially distanced (although staff did attempt to get people to move farther apart). Once inside the building, there was seating available that appeared to be 6 feet apart. Did seem to be special consideration given to frail/disabled people who could not have waited outside.

Time

From admittance to departure: 30 minutes
From arrival at appointment time to receiving shot: 90 minutes

Info on 2nd dose

I had confirmed appointment for 2nd dose before leaving waiting area. Website for that site and 2 others was provided on handout along with card documenting vaccine type and due date for Dose 2.
Was receiving 2nd Dose.

Other comments

Center was well-maintained; staff were friendly, efficient and solicitous. I have signed up to return for Dose 2.
Although it was announced that staff would be working through lunch to try to catch up because of delayed appointments, I was very disappointed to see that the appointment system had not been fine tuned since my first shot so that things are not so backed up, even by mid morning, that elderly people were standing outside in subfreezing weather for 50 minutes.  

 

Safeway: 1100 4th Street SW

Parking

Garage parking. Safeway usually offers free parking in the underground garage for one hour, with validation you get in the store. If your vaccine takes more than one hour, you might want to check with the staff giving the vaccines to make sure your validation will cover the charge (the full daily rate of $15). 

Accessibility

I saw one chair near the table where people see instructions on what to do (complete pre-vaccine questionnaire, take to window, wait to be called).

Time

Less than 20 minutes. Once I was called in, it took less than five minutes.

Info on 2nd dose

I received a card to indicate the date and type of vaccine received and the date for the next dose, along with a piece of paper with three locations where I could schedule the next shot online.

Other comments

Only one person was administering the vaccine vs others where I hear there are at least three. This is probably because the room where they give the shot is small. They’re using the room next to the Pharmacy.

 

Safeway: 3830 Georgia Avenue, NW

Parking

Free and plentiful within the building

Accessibility

Large elevator and accommodating staff that will provide comfortable chairs to those who need one. Bathroom is available (although no soap)

Time

Total time was 30 minutes

Info on 2nd dose

Provided a paper with three websites for making 2nd appointment

Other comments

Friendly and professional staff

 

Sibley Hospital: 5255 Loughboro Rd, NW

Parking

Adequate outdoor and enclosed parking. One enters from the garage into the Medical Building and the walk to the inoculation site was not far. I had to drive around a bit to find a space. There are garage floors reserved for staff. Plus remember what level you get on the elevator because I was one level above the hospital medical building entrance but it is level 3 on the elevator

Accessibility

I was concerned about this for myself as I can’t stand long. I arrived at 11:25 for an 11:45 appointment. Upon entering I asked a staff member who directed me to the nearby vaccine line. The line I stood in was marked at 6 foot intervals. I saw nothing to accommodate frail folks but there were staff in the hall directing people and I suspect they would have provided a chair and marked my place in line. But I would have had to ask. I worked my way up the line with hospital staff being allowed to jump the line. My temperature was taken, I was given a card with the type of vaccine and other data on it, and a bunch of papers about the vaccine, side effects, etc. as well as a sticker that said, oddly, "I vaccinated". There were three active vaccine stations.

Time

I entered the building at 11:25 worked way up the line and was called for my vaccine at 11:45. Shot took 20 seconds. I was then put in an adjacent room where I was to wait 15 minutes. It took me longer because a person had a reaction to the shot, emergency medical personnel immediately arrived and began treating her and blocked my passage.

Info on 2nd dose

I was told to go to “my chart” which is my on line medical chart from John Hopkins/ Sibley(where I made my first appointment), and make an appointment the first week in February. While in the post-shot waiting room I signed into it on line and it knew I had my first shot as well as the week I needed my second and offered me a bunch of options for that week. I am returning to Sibley for it.

Other comments

I do think frail folks rather than just getting in the line would need to get one of the hall staff and ask for a chair when they arrive or ask to jump the line like the hospital staff were. I found the prompt arrival and help of the emergency medical team for the lady who had a reaction reassuring. Go to the website below for info for registering for your vaccine if you have a Hopkins associated doctor. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/sibley-memorial-hospital/

 

Turkey Thicket: 1100 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017

Parking

Respondent #1: Small parking lot and there was plenty of free parking and wifi available for anyone who is waiting
Respondent #2 (Feb. 26th): Small parking lot was full, but street parking available.

Accessibility

Fully accessible. There are seats for anyone who is waiting and they nicely allowed spouses to get their vaccinations within 5 minutes of each other although the original appointments were an hour apart.
If you can’t walk for a block or so would want someone to drive you.  Was well organized, but no seats for line outside or inside until after registration.  Take a folding chair if you need one for the line.  There were enough chairs once you were registered. 

Time

On Wednesday took about 45 minutes, Tuesday took 2 hours
It was an hour and a half from joining outside line until called up to get the shot.  A good 45 minutes of that was standing, though it moved along slowly.  Then the 15 minute wait afterwards, so close to 2 hours all together.

Info on 2nd dose

Appointment for second dose made at site and provided on card for patient to take, with links to website info on vaccine as well.

Other comments

Good reports from members of Georgetown Village
The center was easy to find. Rest rooms Available

 

Walter Reed: National Military Medical Center Bethesda (Note: Retired Military Only)

Parking

No problem. Soldiers direct vehicles to the designated parking lot.

Accessibility

No issues. Shuttle from parking lot to the gym, now converted to a vaccination site. Plenty of places to sit indoors.

Time

Less than one hour. This is a very well-organized process

Info on 2nd dose

They tell you when to return for the second dose (3 weeks for Pfizer) and give you a vaccination card that both documents your first shot and specifies your return date.

Other comments

This is the way to go for retired military over 70. They're open M-F, I believe they said from 7 am to 4 pm.

 

Washington Senior Wellness Center: 3001 Alabama Avenue SE

Parking

Free Parking Lot

Accessibility

It’s possible to be dropped off at the door. Patient with cane was let right in thanks to volunteer at door. There were seats to sit in while waiting for those who need them.

Time

Wednesday at 10 am and 10:45-Took about 45 minutes total

Info on 2nd dose

Given information on card [date of first shot, type of vaccine, date when second vaccine should be scheduled], second appointment was not scheduled

Other comments

Very well organized, staff was very kind

 

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