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From DC Health:

“Today, DC Health announced a new partnership with Color Health to offer a free COVID-19 treatment access program via telehealth in the District.

DC Health is partnering with Color Health to provide an additional resource to accessing Paxlovid, an antiviral medication to eligible DC residents. This program is available to all District residents 18 years or older who have tested positive for COVID-19 and who are at a higher risk for severe disease, including being over age 65, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, current or former smoker, among others.

Paxlovid is an oral antiviral medicine used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in individuals 12 years and older who have tested positive for COVID-19 that have an increased risk of severe disease and have developed COVID-19 symptoms within the last 5 days. Paxlovid shortens the duration of symptoms and lowers the risk of an individual developing worse symptoms from COVID-19 or being admitted to the hospital. This program is not for medical emergencies.

To determine eligibility to receive Paxlovid, residents will need to request a telehealth consultation through Color Health by completing a short questionnaire. This questionnaire determines eligibility for a telehealth visit and those determined eligible will be connected with a provider within 5 to 30 minutes. During the telehealth visit, a provider will determine if the resident is eligible for this treatment and walk the resident through treatment information. If a resident is found to eligible during this telehealth visit, they can choose either home delivery or pharmacy pick-up from a preferred pharmacy. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Just wanted to share an amazing experience I had getting my 18-month old daughter’s first dose of the covid vaccine at the Ward 4 Covid Center on 13th St. this morning (Wed.) The DC Covid website hasn’t been updated yet and I got all of my information from Twitter, so wanted to share our experience in case it helps another parent.

I was expecting big crowds, so we arrived an hour early at 9 am before the Covid Center opened at 10 am and we were first in line. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

In looking at a lot of my covid tests from the DCPL, they indicate an expiration date at the end of this month. Is this legit? Or, like eggs, is this more of a best by date? I’ve stocked up on a fair few of these in case of emergencies and would rather not bin them if they’re still valid.”

I’m told that the PCR expiration dates are indeed firm. And if you have PCR kits that you got more than than a year ago (without any expiration date listed), you should toss them out.

Regarding the 15 minute rapid tests I’m told that The DC covid centers provide a hand out of how to look up whether their expiration dates have been extended. Most rapid tests that DC Health have handed out have been extended by 3 months but definitely consult the hand out to be sure.

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Bowser and DC Health announced that the Pfizer COVID-19 booster is now available for children between 5 and 11 years old. The booster dose has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has been shown to help prevent getting infected or having severe complications from COVID-19. DC Health recommends that all eligible children 5-11 receive the booster as soon as possible in order to help stop the spread of COIVD-19. Any child between 5-11 who received their primary vaccine series on or before December 20, 2021 is eligible for the booster. Children ages 5 through 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are eligible for the booster if they received their primary vaccine series on or before February 20, 2022.

Anyone eligible for a booster dose, including children, can get a free booster at any of the District’s eight COVID Centers, no appointment necessary.

DC Health recommends that all eligible residents age 50 years and older receive a second booster.

There are four easy ways to get your initial COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose in the District: Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I think it’s important for folks to know and unsure if you are hearing anything regarding Paxlovid and COVID. Basically tested positive almost two weeks ago and was able to get on Paxlovid, after three days of minor symptoms I was fine. Finished my dosage 5 days ago. Had 4 negative tests in a row. Woke up this morning with sinus infection like symptoms, did another test and immediately went positive. Read More

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