Updated April 8, 2021
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three vaccines for emergency use to prevent COVID-19.
General recommendations for administering the vaccine have been made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however each state and the District of Columbia make the final determination about when and to whom the vaccines will be given.
Georgetown University does not have its own supply or allotment of vaccines. In the District of Columbia, vaccines are being administered through providers authorized by the DC Department of Health (“DC Health”). Prioritization for vaccine appointments is set by the DC government.
MedStar Health, Georgetown University’s clinical partner, has been authorized by DC Health to administer vaccines to its health care providers and other eligible individuals. Georgetown University does not have access to MedStar Health’s supply of vaccines, and MedStar Health does not have a separate allotment of vaccines for members of the University community. You can find helpful information at the MedStar Health COVID-19 Vaccine Information website.
A group of colleagues who have expertise in public health, bioethics and operations is convening with and engaging stakeholders across the University as we consider the many issues related to the vaccine, including issues of equity, and its impact on our community. We are working to develop an approach that enables Georgetown to assist the DC government in its mission to provide the vaccine to as many people as possible in the District, including our University community. In the event the DC government were to give an allotment of vaccines to universities to distribute to their employees, this group would provide feedback to University leaders on the appropriate approach. While we have no indication that this action will happen, we are laying the groundwork to be in the strongest possible position should an opportunity emerge.
For now, members of the Georgetown University community should take the first opportunity available to receive the vaccine, whether that be through the municipality where you live or through your health care provider, in accordance with your eligibility based on your state’s priority guidelines.Back to Top
Frequently Asked Questions
We have received a number of questions about COVID-19 vaccine distribution and its implications for our public health and safety measures and have updated FAQs.Back to Top