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Shorties Roundup: More workers in DC now qualify to get the coronavirus vaccine

Vaccine eligibility in the District has now expanded to include grocery store, health and human services, social services, food packaging and manufacturing employees. Plus, more news you might have missed this week.

Novavax is running trials for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. (Courtesy photo)
More workers in D.C. can now get the coronavirus vaccine.

As of Thursday, Feb. 18, the District government has expanded vaccine eligibility to include grocery store, health and human services, social services, food packaging and manufacturing employees. Another stipulation that comes with eligibility, however, is that D.C. is only allowing workers 18 years of age or older to get vaccinated at this time.

D.C. Health is administering approximately 2,450 vaccines a day, Monday through Friday. Eligible workers can make appointments through the online portal or by calling (855) 363-0333.

This vaccine eligibility expansion comes as Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced a new rollout plan for next month. Beginning March 1, residents ages 16 to 64 with medical conditions will also become eligible for vaccination. Outside of essential workers, only residents 65 years or older are eligible for vaccination right now.

Check out the shorties from this week that we shared in DC’s daily newsletter:

Thursday, Feb. 18

  • CEOs from Robinhood, Reddit, Citadel and Melvin Capital Management testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ financial services committee today. California Rep. Maxine Waters made sure to apply some pressure and “reclaim her time” repeatedly during the hearing. If you missed the hearing — “Game Stopped? Who Wins and Loses When Short Sellers, Social Media, and Retail Investors Collide” — check out the recording and testimonies here. It’ll be worth your time.
  • The District government plans to roll out a new coronavirus vaccine plan for March. The new direction includes changes in how residents sign up to get the vaccine, and the health department even plans to notify a smaller amount of eligible residents each week. Read more at DCist.
  • I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found it very weird that D.C. is the capital of the United States, but it is not, in fact, a state. If you feel the same, check out this list of 51 reasons why D.C. should lawfully join the U.S. that City Paper published.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

  • Former Deloitte executive Emily Rollins has joined Bethesda, Maryland-based Xometry’s board of directors. She will serve as chair of the company’s audit committee after recently retiring from working in public accounting for 30 years.
  • Fairfax, Virginia-based MarginEdge has appointed Taylor Roberts as its CFO. Roberts brings 20 years of financial management experience and he most recently served as the CFO of IT management software company VividCortex.
  • Federal IT solutions provider Axiologic Solutions has appointed Chris Bibbee as its chief program officer. The Fairfax, Virginia-based government tech leader will now oversee Axiologic’s top programs and contracts. This key hire comes as the company also announced a new campaign this week to help Fairfax’s Children’s Science Center raise $75 million to build a new facility.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

  • New York-based software and payments company Togetherwork has acquired Arlington-based Fonteva. The management platform company will operate as a business unit within Togetherwork, and will be led by Fonteva CRO Pat McGlynn, who was also recently named president of the company. Fonteva CEO and cofounder Jerry Huskins will be leaving the company later this year. Fonteva and the rest of its team will still operate from its headquarters in Arlington.
  • Applications for Women Who Tech’s Startup Emerging Tech Grant close on Friday, Feb. 19. The grant program is open to women-led tech startups based in North America, Africa and Europe.
  • Family nurse practitioner Deborah Cobb has been tapped as the lead primary care provider for upcoming women’s health space Liv by Advantia Health. Cobb brings more than a decade of experience in primary care and as an ICU nurse to this new role.

Monday, Feb. 15

  • Bethesda, Maryland-based Gardyn closed a $10 million Series A. The startup has developed technologies and fully automated systems for growing produce at home.
  • NexImmune, a Gaithersburg, Maryland-based clinical stage biotech company, announced that it plans to raise $94 million in an offering of 5.9 million shares priced at $15 to $17 each. This is a 25% increase from the company’s original IPO plans. Checkout how the company is currently doing on the Nasdaq.
  • If you’re interested in learning about how to attract, hire and retain diverse tech talent, register for this upcoming webinar hosted by Tech in Motion on Feb. 18. If you plan on attending, submit some questions for the live Q&A. [Editor’s note: The recorded webinar is available at Tech in Motion’s website]
Companies: Xometry / Deloitte

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