Regional & Federal Roundup: All U.S. Adults to be Eligible for Vaccines by April 19

The federal government's move to accelerate vaccinations comes as regional leaders have expanded eligibility.

• President Joe Biden will announce later today that every adult in the U.S. will be eligible to be vaccinated by April 19, two weeks ahead of the previous date of May 1. Biden is set to make the announcement at the White House following a visit to a vaccination site in Virginia.

• The move at the federal level comes as local leaders have expanded eligibility. Effective today, all Marylanders age 16 and over will be eligible to sign-up for a COVID-19 vaccination at the state’s mass-vaccination sites. They will be eligible to schedule appointments through all providers starting on April 12.

• DC announced late Monday that vaccinations will be open for all residents 16 and older as of April 19, moving up the date from May 1.

• In Virginia, all individuals age 16 and older will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting on April 18. 

• The U.S. House will vote on the DC statehood bill on April 14 in the Committee on Oversight and Reform. The House bill has 215 cosponsors while the Senate statehood bill has 42 cosponsors.

• Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has announced bill amendments that would push up the date that marijuana would be legalized and taxed in the state from 2024 to this summer.

• In DC, the Public Service Commission announced Monday that the District’s new (771) area code will start being assigned to phones and services in the city starting on November 9. Starting in October, all phone calls in DC will have to include the area code. The Commission urged customers to ensure all services, automatic dialing equipment, applications, software, or other types of equipment are reprogrammed to dial 10 digits if they are programmed to dial just 7 digits and recognize the new area code as valid. The new area code was assigned by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator.