Covid-19 Vaccine

Vaccine Information & Updates

Vaccine Syringe imageThe George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) is currently following vaccine distribution guidelines from the District of Columbia and DC Health. In accordance with these guidelines, GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) and GW Hospital are offering COVID-19 vaccinations to our eligible patients, which includes those who are:

  • District of Columbia residents, and
  • 65 years of age and over

If you are eligible, we will contact you when appointments are available.

We know that many people are eager to be vaccinated, and we are working to provide vaccinations as quickly as possible. As more vaccine doses become available, we will continue to offer vaccines to individuals who are eligible based on the guidance of DC Health.

Information on vaccine distribution will be available on this website. We will contact you when you are eligible. Please do not call your provider’s office to inquire about your vaccination status so that we allow our department phone lines to remain open to all patients’ care needs.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through this new vaccination process.

District of Columbia is in Phase 1a Vaccine Distribution

The District of Columbia is in Phase 1a of vaccine distribution. You can find more information on the DC Government’s website about their vaccination guidelines and distribution plan:


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


Facts about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Vaccines require two doses to be fully effective
  • 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)

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.