Covid-19 Vaccine

The Latest on the COVID-19 Vaccine

The GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) and the GW Hospital – as well as health systems across the country – are working to get as many patients vaccinated as quickly as possible to support the wellness of our community. We encourage individuals to take advantage of all vaccine options available in their state and local areas (see below).

We are currently following vaccine distribution guidelines from the District of Columbia and DC Health, which requires that our D.C. vaccines be provided to D.C. residents. Beginning Monday, April 12, all D.C. residents 16 and older will become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington, D.C.

Patients and others will be contacted based on a prioritized randomization algorithm on a rolling basis. 

We know that many people are eager to be vaccinated, and we are working to provide vaccinations as quickly as possible. 

To ensure that our department phone lines remain open to all patients’ care needs, please do not call your provider’s office to inquire about your vaccination status.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through this process!

We have many valued patients outside of the District. We encourage our patients who live outside the D.C. to access COVID-19 vaccine information from the health department in the state, city, or county where they reside. 

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine in your local jurisdiction, please visit the following resources:

Appointment Information

Covid-19 vaccine bottlesAppointment times for the COVID-19 vaccine are in high-demand. We are committed to offering as many vaccination appointments as our supply allows.

  • We are currently notifying patients and individuals by email and/or phone/text on a rolling basis, based on appointment availability. 
    • Your email will include an invitation to register in MyChart and complete a questionnaire.
    • After registration, GW will employ a prioritized randomization algorithm to invite patients to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on a fair, equitable rolling basis, therefore, it may take time to receive this scheduling invitation. Patients should wait for this scheduling email. Please do not call your provider's office to check your status. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.
  • Patients must be able to receive both doses of the Pfizer vaccines with GW. Please do not schedule your vaccine if you have already received a dose elsewhere, or do not plan to receive your second dose with GW. 
  • If the appointments are already filled by the time you reach out to schedule your vaccine appointment, please continue to check the calendar, as more appointments will open on a regular basis.
  • Please do not arrive at our vaccination clinic without an appointment, as we will be unable to accommodate vaccinations on a walk-in basis.

GW is committed to fostering the health of the community. As a care providing organization located in Washington, D.C., we are required by DC Health to only vaccinate our patients who reside in the District.

We have many valued patients outside of the District. We encourage our patients who live outside the D.C. to access COVID-19 vaccine information from the health department in the state, city, or county where they reside.
 


Facts about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Vaccines are becoming available based on the prioritization schedule set by government
  • The vaccine has been purchased by the federal government and does not cost you anything (insured or uninsured)

 


Video Resources

How Do mRNA Vaccines Work? Here's What You Should Know

What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

 


 

Five GW health care workers: Among the first in the United States to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

GWUH First Shot Group

Barbara Neiswander is a certified emergency nurse and has worked in the emergency room at the GW Hospital for more than 25 years. She says the GW emergency room has been on the frontlines of identifying people with COVID-19 since the early days of the pandemic. She said she was honored to learn she would be one of the first to get the vaccine.

Raymond Pla is an anesthesiologist who is an expert on airway management, a key role in treating COVID-19 patients. He said that his excitement over having the vaccine has been tempered by the loss of life so far due to the pandemic. He says the pandemic has also cast a spotlight on the health care disparities that exist in the United States.

Sheetal Sheth is an obstetrician and gynecologist, serving as the medical director for labor and delivery at The GW Medical Faculty Associates. She has a passion for teaching residents and medical students, and for communicating with patients. She has traveled abroad to provide care to women with limited access to medical care and said she is relieved to be getting the vaccine so that she can stay healthy enough to keep caring for patients while also keeping her family safe.

Shylee Stewart is a labor and delivery nurse who is a third-generation nurse. She says that her mother is also on the frontlines of the pandemic taking care of COVID-19 patients in Massachusetts. She says it is very rewarding to be able to take care of patients with COVID-19 during labor and delivery.

Sean Chester is an emergency medicine physician who completed his residency at GW. He says GW has done a great job of ensuring that healthcare workers have adequate personal protective equipment during the pandemic. He hopes the end of the pandemic is almost here but says that people still need to wear masks and social distance until the vaccine is widely available.