A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have officially approved revamped versions of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 boosters as of last night. This round of vaccines targets both the original strain of the coronavirus, as well as the more contagious omicron variant. While shots could be available as soon as today, a targeted rollout of boosters will begin after Labor Day.

Who can get this booster?

Adults over the age of 18 are eligible to receive the Moderna booster; anyone over the age 12 can get the Pfizer booster. The only stipulation is that at least two months must have passed since you last received a dose of the vaccine. 

Where can I get the booster? 

Distribution will be focused at pharmacies and other community sites, according to CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. In D.C., boosters will be available at all eight of the District’s COVID Centers beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 7. People can also get boosted at walk-up vaccine clinics.

What about flu shots?

Fall is on its way, friends, and that means flu season is, too. DC Health and Mayor Muriel Bowser are encouraging residents to pair their COVID boosters with flu shots, which they’ll be able to do at COVID Centers starting next week.

What’s the deal with transmission in D.C. right now?

As of Aug. 27, D.C.’s COVID transmission rate remains low, at 88.5 positive cases per 100,000 residents. Hospitalizations remain low as well, at a rate of 0.1 per 100,000 residents. 

Caroline Jones (tips? cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • To see today’s COVID-19 data, visit our coronavirus tracker.
  • A bystander was wounded when a man fired a gun at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station around 4 p.m. yesterday. The shooter has been arrested and the victim was treated at the scene. [WTOP, Twitter]
  • Speaking of Metro, the Blue and Yellow line station closures begin next week. If you use those stations, you can reroute and get to your destination by shuttle bus, Metrobus, water taxi, or a free VRE train. [DCist]
  • D.C. students did not fare well on last spring’s standardized tests. According to data released today, math proficiency dropped across all grade levels and more than 2,000 students who were proficient in English in 2019 were not deemed proficient in 2022. [WTOP]
  • Community members came together on Wednesday to discuss their hopes for a new DC Jail facility, considering everything from programs for incarcerated people to paint colors. [Post]
  • Some good news to carry you into the holiday weekend: The last of the nearly 4,000 beagles who were kept at a Virginia breeding facility have been rescued. [WJLA]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A fight over a block-long bike lane in Capitol Hill has inspired a recall effort against Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Amber Gove, which will appear on the ballot, as will her re-election bid, confusingly enough. [DCist]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is backing a bill to ban permanent fencing around the Supreme Court, after the court’s repeatedly erected barriers ahead of protests. [Informer]
  • Attorney General Karl Racine is handing out a total of $150,000 to six groups helping migrants bused to D.C. from Texas and Arizona. But one group already involved in mutual aid efforts didn’t qualify. [Twitter, Twitter]

By Alex Koma (tips? akoma@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • If you’re looking for an airport food experience without going to National or Dulles, consider Taffer’s Tavern, which gives off “an elevated TGI Fridays” vibe. [Washingtonian]
  • The teeny bar inside the Hamilton Hotel has reopened, serving classic cocktails and Italian-ish small plates. [Eater]
  • Agni South Indian Cuisine wins over critic Tom Sietsema with its powerful spices. [Post]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • Though timely when it premiered at Capital Fringe Festival in 2017, Rachel Lynett’s play Abortion Road Trip captures the real dangers of overturning Roe v. Wade. Theatre Prometheus is reviving it for a limited time at Anacostia Arts Center. [Broadway World]
  • I missed last night’s premiere but turns out Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power star Cynthia Addai-Robinson has deep local roots. [WTOP]
  • Don’t forget, tomorrow nearly every movie theater in D.C. is offering $3 tickets in celebration of National Cinema Day. [DCist]

By Sarah Marloff (tips? smarloff@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • After the difficulties of the last several years, Commanders players say they’re good at coping with adversity. [Post]
  • The Nats won another game, this time thanks to a 3-run homer Joey Meneses hit in the 10th inning of last night’s game against Oakland. [WTOP]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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