Special Populations: Student Population and Under 12

The CDC lists that all individuals older than 6 months are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination[1], yet mistrust among the community of parents has reduced uptake in vaccination and booster shots. The Washington, DC Department of Health has published a one-page fact sheet for the benefit of parents seeking accurate information[2]. If your child is over the age of 12 years of age, in the region of Washington, DC you must be immunized in order to attend public school, including the COVID-19 vaccine.[3] Anyone of any background is able to get vaccinated for free through the walk-up vaccination clinics hosted on the “get vaccinated” webpage through the coronavirus DC Gov. Schedules listed daily based on Ward and Facility Name. The District’s Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCOs) also offer free of charge transportation options for those in need, to and from, appointments. Request transportation through one of the four choices below:

  • AmeriHealth Caritas DC | Call 1-800-315-3485. Rides available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • CareFirst Community Health Plan DC | Call MTM1 at 1-855-824-5693. Rides available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Health Services for Children with Special Needs | Call SET Transportation at 1-866-991-5433.
  • MedStar Family Choice DC | Call 1-866-201-9974.

To find the most complete and up to date information provided by the Washington, DC government, visit their specialized coronavirus website and review key metrics[4], vaccination data[5], DC public school data[6], and variant surveillance in the region[7].

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[1] “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine.” Coronavirus, https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine.

[4] “Key Metrics.” Coronavirus, 3 July 2022, https://coronavirus.dc.gov/key-metrics.

[5] “Vaccination Data.” Coronavirus, https://coronavirus.dc.gov/data/vaccination.

[6] “DC Schools Data.” Coronavirus, https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/dc-schools-data.

[7] “Variant Surveillance.” Coronavirus, https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/variant-surveillance.

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