Community Partners Make COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Teachers a Success

Over four days in late January, Children’s National Hospital took its expertise from the frontlines to the classrooms to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) teachers and staff preparing to return to school for in-person classes. A team of 300 Children’s National nurses, physicians and pharmacists gave more than 3,300 first doses of the vaccine at Dunbar High School.

Our hospital staff administered the required second round of vaccinations last week.

The vaccination clinics were a community effort, launched in close partnership with DC Health and DCPS. Local organizations provided critical funding, donated meals and supplied PPE.

“The COVID-19 vaccination clinic for our city’s teachers and staff was a true team effort that involved many groups across our hospital and the community,” said Kathy Gorman, MSN, RN, FAAN, Executive Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Operating Officer of Children's National. “We are grateful to the organizations and restaurants who generously gave their time and resources to help make this clinic a success.”

This mass COVID-19 vaccination initiative — believed to be the largest of its kind in the District — was possible thanks to two $75,000 grants from the Children’s National Board of Visitors and Children’s Health Board. The two boards have supported exceptional clinical care and pediatric research at Children’s National since the hospital’s founding 150 years ago.

To keep Children’s National staff nourished, Ben’s Chili Bowl, ThinkFoodGroup (Zaytinya), Capitol Hill Club, Starbucks and Rx Catering provided meals throughout the four days in January. Chick-fil-a, Jersey Mike’s, Dunkin’ and Immigrant Food helped feed our staff while administering the second dose this month.

Face shields donated by Ford Autonomous Vehicles protected Children’s National staff.

The World Central Kitchen relief team also joined the effort to provide coffee and a hot meal to teachers as they waited in line to receive both their first and second shots. Chef José Andrés, founder of ThinkFoodGroup and co-founder of World Central Kitchen, made a special visit to support the clinic and celebrate the important partnerships that brought it to fruition.

“What an honor to support this incredible effort to help Children’s National and public school teachers across Washington, D.C.,” said Chef Andrés. “In the midst of an unprecedented health crisis, I’m so proud of how restaurants and nonprofits have stepped up to meet the needs of hungry communities and support frontline workers … sharing empathy and comfort one warm meal at a time.”

Corporations and community organizations interested in supporting Children’s National Hospital may contact Tracy Jones at (301) 565-8434 or [email protected].

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