The D.C. government is offering several new incentives for enticing younger residents to receive free COVID-19 vaccinations.
Beginning Saturday, the incentives aimed at youth ages 12-17, who will receive a $51 Visa gift card, will also make them eligible to win a $25,000 college scholarship and an iPad, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office. Currently, about 25% of all eligible D.C. youth, or about 8,100 young people, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The shots will be available from 10 a. m. to 4 p.m. at Brookland Middle School in Northeast and Sousa Middle School and Johnson Middle School in Southeast.
Additionally, the first 400 youth to get vaccinated at each site will have the option to forgo their gift card and instead receive a pair of AirPods. The AirPods will be available to District youths ages 12 to 17 as well as students ages 18 to 21 currently enrolled in a D.C. school seeking a high school diploma, city officials said.
No appointments are necessary. If a family would like their child to get their required pediatric immunizations, they will be able to make an appointment through vaccinate.dc.gov.
However, appointments are needed for required immunizations so that providers have time to access a child’s immunization history.

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