LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) announced the Las Vegas Convention Center will be SNHD’s COVID-19 second dose clinic site. This came a day after the health district announced appointment scheduling will be available starting Feb. 1.
According to a news release, the site will open on Feb. 2, and time slots are by appointment only. Appointments are relegated to individuals who received their first dose at a health district clinic, including Western High School, Cashman Center or SNHD’s main public health center.
“We are pleased to be able to announce the location of our second dose clinic site at the Las Vegas Convention Center,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, acting chief health officer of SNHD, in a news release. “The facility offers our community a centrally located site to access the vaccine, and we appreciate the continued support the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has provided during the response the pandemic.”
The clinic is slated to operate Tuesday through Saturday. The release says it will be located in the C-1 area of Central Hall and includes dedicated parking in the Silver Lot off Paradise Road and Convention Center Drive.
“The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is pleased to be a community partner for this very important undertaking,” said Steve Hill, LVCVA president and CEO, in the release.
SNHD’s Moderna vaccines were first administered the week of Jan. 4 and Pfizer’s the week of Jan. 18. The second dose may be administered after 28 days for Moderna, and 21 days for Pfizer.
The health district says it will notify those eligible with the contact information it has on file.
SNHD also stresses those who did not receive their initial vaccine from one of its clinics will not be vaccinated if they register and must contact their original provider.
The health district recommends getting your second dose as close to the above intervals as possible, but you can receive it up until six weeks after.
Southern Nevada is allocated around 22,000 to 23,000 doses a week. During a weekly vaccine plan update Wednesday, health district officials explained they can easily administer more vaccines than what is being administered now.
“For instance, Cashman, it is running just over a thousand now. It is only because of vaccine limitation that would instantly be over 3,000 a day,” explained John Steinbeck, Clark County Fire chief.
While the county works to secure more vaccines, more neighborhood pharmacies are starting to offer it.
“Some of the pharmacies are receiving vaccines, and their target population is 70 and up,” said JoAnn Rupiper of SNHD. “And Walgreens and CVS have started and more are to come.”
If you believe you should have been contacted for the second dose, you are asked to call the health district at (702) 759-1000.