D.C. residents 65 and older and specified categories of essential workers can begin making appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine in the coming weeks, the mayor’s office said.

The city currently is in Phase 1A of its vaccination cycle, which limits appointments to front-line health care workers. But starting Monday, those 65 and older can schedule a vaccination.

On Jan. 25, essential employees including public safety workers, grocery store workers and workers in pre-kindergarten and child care settings can register.

On Feb. 1, residents with chronic medical conditions and other essential workers can make appointments.

People in those categories who want the vaccine can sign up at the city’s vaccinate.dc.gov portal, though Mayor Muriel Bowser urged residents not to do so until the specified time.

“If people rush to use this portal who are not health care workers, it will create a difficult time for our health care workers, who are our Phase 1A population, from being able to use the system as it is designed,” the mayor said, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.

As of Tuesday, the city has 30,166 coronavirus cases and 801 related deaths, according to health department statistics.

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