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COVID-19 Prevention & Vaccine Information (DC)

Starting the week of March 8, 2021, DC will have a new, waitlist-like registration system in which users can pre-register online or by phone at their convenience and will be contacted by email, phone, and/or text by a DC Department of Health staff member when it is their turn to sign up for vaccine appointments. Residents who sign up will be contacted based on their priority group, zip code, and date of sign up. The new system will continue to prioritize certain zip codes. Although the DC Department of Health site has not been updated, please go to for additional information and to learn how to sign up.

Let’s do what we can to stay safe during the pandemic. Visit the following links for additional information on local testing and vaccine clinics.

Testing Locations:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

PBCA Listening Session with O Street SE Neighbors


On Feb. 23, members of the Penn Branch Community Association executive board met virtually with a handful of Penn Branch’s O Street neighbors for a listening session. The PBCA board reached out to introduce ourselves and to gain a better understanding of neighborhood-specific challenges.  Residents of O Street shared their thoughts regarding development in the Penn Branch Shopping Center and construction of the new CVS which is expected to be built on the existing laundry mat property.

Residents reported that they did not have concerns about retaining wall maintenance but are interested in engineering studies prior to future development, including in the areas adjacent to the shopping center and along the walled hillside, due to settling and water flows in the area. Residents also raised concerns about potential CVS parking lot overflow onto their street, increased traffic, aggressive driving, and trash and vagrancy on O Street.

Participants explored traffic calming measures and other ways to work collaboratively to benefit the community.


Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church to Offer COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic This Week


Your support is needed in helping to make sure DC residents 65 and older, especially those in Wards 5, 7, and 8, who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can get it.  Here’s how you can help. The Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church (PABC) is participating in a pilot to serve as a vaccine clinic for two days this week on Thursday, February 11, and Saturday, February 13, 2020 from 10am – 4pm both days. Please help your neighbors to get registered immediately!

Registration Link:


Calling All Cooks and Bakers for the Penn Branch Recipe Project!


We need your recipes for the Penn Branch Community Cookbook

The PBCA Board is putting together a Penn Branch Community Cookbook and we want to include you!  Since we have fewer opportunities to plan in-person events and interact with families across the neighborhood during the pandemic, this is an opportunity for long-time residents and younger families to connect through cooking.

We will gather together the recipes into a document and post them on the PBCA website.


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