DC’s biggest barrier to vaccines is misinformation as children are eligible

DC’s biggest barrier to vaccines is misinformation
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DC’s biggest challenge in ensuring a fair COVID-19 immunization program with children now eligible is not access, but tackling misinformation and hesitation, according to DC Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt.

What she says: “It becomes dangerous and reckless to continue holding back [vaccines] from our children, “she said at a hearing yesterday.

  • The district has enough vaccines, she added, but people need to want to get vaccinated – for themselves and their children.
  • She urged parents to speak to a qualified health professional rather than getting responses on social media.
  • We asked doctors at Children’s National Hospital to answer some common questions about vaccines in children, and you can review their vaccine FAQs here.

What’s next: Several COVID-19 pediatric vaccine clinics are scheduled for the weekend as DC plans to vaccinate 46,000 new eligible children.

  • Nesbitt said at an event this week that the program is structured to meet the needs of families.
  • The city has set up weekend and after-school clinics on each ward, keeping in mind that the largest population of eligible children is in Wards 4, 7 and 8, she added.

How to get the shot: Is direct current host two walk-in pediatric vaccination clinics on Friday.

  • Families can visit the Takoma Community Center or Ft. Stanton Recreation Center 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
  • Other pediatric vaccination sites are shown here.


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