Hundreds of prizes offered at Strip-side vaccination clinic on Saturday


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The second Viva Vax Vegas event took place Saturday, offering incentives to those getting their COVID-19 vaccine on The Strip.

This comes as Clark County sees another surge of coronavirus cases. A majority of those with serious symptoms are unvaccinated.

Saturday’s event welcomed anyone who wasn’t vaccinated to get their shot, but the target was to lure the younger crowd.

As the pandemic brings another surge of COVID-19 cases through Las Vegas, the push gets stronger to get everyone vaccinated.

“We want to stay open and make money and have people have fun in Las Vegas and we want to do our part to make that happen,” said Tonia Chafetz — Linq Promenade general manager.

Which is why pop-up vaccine clinics on the strip are making it easier for locals and tourists to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Saturday’s Viva Vax Vegas event was held in the Linq Promenade, offering many prizes such as tickets to an Usher concert, Raiders games, and gift certificates to the several nearby businesses hoping to target those 17 to 25-year-olds.

“The prizes are kind of suited to the group,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “That is our target group, but not only do you win by getting vaccinated and protecting your loved ones, you could also win an incredible prize.”

You may think you don’t have to get vaccinated because you are young and protected with good immunity, but you could spread the virus to people like Toni Morrison who is battling stage-four metastatic breast cancer.

 “If I was to get it, I probably won’t live through it,” Morrison said.

Her doctor finally gave her the approval to get the vaccine now that the more-contagious Delta variant is spreading.

“Even with me being stage four, I have to be very careful even if someone has a cold or the flu,” Morrison said.

Health officials say not only do you protect yourself when you get the vaccine, but you are protecting those around you.

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