Georgetowners have been about the most successful DC residents in terms of obtaining the Covid vaccine. This conclusion comes from the release of data by the city detailing how the vaccine has been rolled out to residents by neighborhood.
As GM has explored previously, the city breaks Georgetown into two neighborhoods for the purpose of health tracking: Georgetown and Georgetown East. (“Georgetown” is west Georgetown, plus Burleith). And East Georgetown is doing particularly well. As of yesterday, 925 East Georgetown residents have received both doses of the vaccine, which represents 6.6% of the population. This makes the area the fourth highest across the city in total numbers and second in terms of percentages.
West Georgetown lags a bit. On that side, 296 have been fully vaccinated, representing 3.4% of the population. The total number puts it in the bottom half citywide, and as a percentage basis about in the middle.
What to make of the disparity? It probably comes down to demographics. East Georgetown has about 22% of its population over the age of 65. In west Georgetown, it’s only 17% (and that’s not even counting the effect students living on campus would impact the number). Since this population is the primary group currently eligible for the vaccine, it follows that east Georgetown would have more takers.
Of course, in both cases, the vaccinated number is way below the over 65 population. So we’ve got to keep encouraging and helping our seniors get their vaccine appointments.
And also, it’s obvious from the map above that the richest parts of town are doing a lot better getting the vaccine. There are a host of reasons why that is, but suffice to say that while there’s still a lot of work to do here in Georgetown, we’re privileged to be in a lot better position than many other neighborhoods.