Gov. Sisolak discusses COVID-19 vaccine plan, lays out capacity goals for conventions


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Governor Sisolak and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provided more details about Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. They also touched on the potential future of conventions.

8 News Now first wants to make it clear that there is still no vaccine for the coronavirus. However, Sisolak says our state-specific plan is all meant to ensure that Nevada is prepared when a vaccine becomes available.

DHHS submitted the plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 10 days ago.

At this afternoon’s press conference, state health experts said they anticipate only getting a small number of vaccines initially and that distribution will focus on priority populations. This includes frontline medical workers, more vulnerable Nevadans and others who have a higher risk of exposure.

It’s important to note that if a vaccine is not deemed safe by the US Food and Drug Administration, it will not be released.

Sisolak discussed his future goals as they relate to COVID-19 restrictions. He hopes to increase capacity at conventions up to 50% by January 1, 2021. But given the increase in cases we’re seeing right now, the governor says what happens next is up to all of us:

“Whether or not we get there is not a matter of luck … it’s a matter of each and every one of you. We need the public’s help and cooperation to make this possible.”

The governor said on Saturday, the state reported over 1,000 cases for the first time since July. Additionally, eight counties in Nevada have been flagged for elevated disease transmission.

The governor says he has also been continuing to have conversations with education leaders about reopening schools.

Whether it’s classrooms or conventions, Sisolak says everyone needs to wear masks and practice social distancing if they want things to move in the right direction.

When it comes to our state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan, the governor and other state health experts say it’s a living document, which means the plan is subject to change.

Sisolak was joined by:

  • Candice McDaniel, Health Bureau Chief, Bureau of Child, Family, and Community Wellness, Division of Public and Behavioral Health
  • Shannon Bennett, Immunization Program Manager, Division of Public and Behavioral Health

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