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D.C. Region Set to Expand Vaccine Eligibility

Jurisdictions in the D.C. region are ramping up vaccination efforts in the coming days, as the lists of those eligible for the shot set to extend beyond front-line health workers.

Starting Monday, the D.C. health department plans to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for residents 65 and older.

According to the health department website, essential and front-line workers such as those employed at grocery stores, schools and child care facilities would be eligible to receive the first shot of the two-dose vaccine on Jan. 25.

Residents with chronic medical conditions and other essential workers would receive a vaccine beginning Feb. 1.

On Thursday, the District reported 268 new confirmed cases to increase the city’s total to 30,750. Two men ages 54 and 73 died from the virus.

In Maryland, vaccinations for individuals in phase 1B will be distributed by the end of the month. Those residents include adults 75 and older, teachers, primary care physicians and residents and staffers in assisted-living and group homes.

The state plans to incorporate phase 1C in March that includes adults ages 65 to 74, public safety and health workers not covered in phase 1A and other essential workers such as those at grocery stores, postal service and public transit.

The state health department reported another 2,970 confirmed cases to increase the total to 295,874. Deaths exceeded 6,000 with another 44 people who died from the virus. The number of patients hospitalized decreased from 1,862 patients to 1,834.

Virginia is also set to begin its next round of vaccinations, with its 1B group including residents older than 75 and essential front-line employees such as police officers, firefighters, grocery store workers, teachers and those working in child care.

Virginia health officials reported 3,000 coronavirus-related hospitalizations Thursday, as well as nearly 5,400 new cases to increase the statewide total to 382,679.

As of Thursday, the total number of confirmed cases reported in all three jurisdictions at 709,303.

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