D.C. region rolls out vaccine amid push to reach priority groups
By Rebecca Tan, Michael Brice-Saddler and Lola Fadulu
The first doses of a coronavirus vaccine were administered Monday in the Washington region, marking the start of a massive logistical undertaking that officials hope will halt a virus that has killed more than 10,000 in the area.
Governments and hospitals are hosting events this week to show residents getting vaccinated as part of an effort to foster public trust in the vaccine. D.C., Maryland and Virginia are reserving the first shipments for health-care workers, first responders and nursing home residents.
Members of the public, officials said, probably will have to wait until spring. The rollout comes as the seven-day average of new infections approaches 7,000 across the greater Washington region — the most since the start of the pandemic.