D.C. has used nearly half of its coronavirus vaccine supply to inoculate non-residents, according to an analysis by WRC-TV (Channel 4).

The WRC analysis of vaccine data found that 47% of the 51,421 vaccine doses administered so far by the District went to workers living outside the District.

By comparison, Virginia has administered 85% of its doses to state residents and Maryland, where at least 93 percent of doses have gone to Marylanders, according to data obtained by WRC.

Census data has long shown that many, if not the majority, of people who work in the District reside in either Maryland or Virginia.

The three jurisdictions have agreed to immunized people who work in essential positions, no matter where they live. The vaccine allotment is mainly based on per capita population and not workforce population, WRC reported.

Both states gave the District 8,000 doses each to vaccinate in-city workers coming from their jurisdictions, but those supplies quickly dwindled, and nationwide shortages have left the possibility of additional assistance up in the air.

As of Friday, D.C. has administered 51,421, or about 75%, of its 68,750 available doses, according to city health department statistics.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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