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Despite ongoing issues with the District’s COVID-19 vaccine registration portal, those who made appointments and received shots at the District’s first high-capacity vaccination site applauded its efficiency.

“They finally got it right,” a woman told NBC4 as she left the Walter E. Washington Convention Center after getting her shot. The convention center, which the District transformed into a field hospital in early May to be used in the event that D.C. hospitals reached capacity during the early months of the pandemic, is now a mass vaccination site. As many as 2,500 people were vaccinated at the convention center on Saturday, its first day of operation. Additional mass vaccination sites, at the Entertainment & Sports Arena at the St. Elizabeths East campus in Southeast and at Providence Health System in Northeast, are expected to open next weekend. For the time being, all three high-capacity sites will administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The opening of high-capacity sites is a sign that things are heading in the right direction, vaccine-wise, but don’t expect these sites to be open every day. They will only open when D.C. has the appropriate amount of vaccines to distribute, DC Health Senior Deputy Director Patrick Ashley told WUSA9, and all that depends on how many vaccines the federal government gives D.C.

At least individuals who received the vaccine at the convention center appeared to have an easier time getting in and out than those who visited one Maryland high-capacity vaccination site. People who had appointments to receive the vaccine at Six Flags America in Bowie waited in traffic for hours, in part because the amusement park reopened for the season.

— Caroline Jones (tips? cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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