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‘The First Five’: D.C. Emergency Responders Will Get Vaccine First Thursday

The District will start its coronavirus vaccine program Thursday with five emergency responders, labeled by Mayor Muriel Bowser as “The First Five.”

The five residents to get the city’s first doses are D.C. Fire and Emergency Services Chief John Donnelly, Robert Holman, the department’s medical director, firefighter/EMT Julio Quinteros and Lts. Joseph Papariello and Keisha Jackson, the mayor’s office said Monday.

D.C.’s health department said Kaiser Permanente will administer the vaccine to FEMS members beginning this week at the Kaiser site.

Jackson said her main motivation for getting immunized is to keep her father safe.

“My father is everything to me — he’s my world,” she said. “And if I don’t get it for any other reason, I will have to get it for my daddy. I have to make sure he’s safe. I’m getting vaccinated for my city.”

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