LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — SNHD gave a COVID-19 vaccine update Wednesday. According to the health district, there have been 21,081 COVID-19 vaccines administered in Clark County as of Jan. 5, with the first vaccines distributed on Dec. 14.
The Southern Nevada Health District is currently providing the vaccine to Tier 1 groups, including staff of smaller outpatient and home health facilities at its 280 South Decatur public health center and long-term care facility staff, psychiatric and behavioral health hospital staff, and laboratory staff at a clinic at Western High School.
According to SNHD, these sites are currently providing approximately 12,000 appointments.
Additional clinic dates are being scheduled, and the vaccine is also being administered by community health care partners in Clark County.
Full SNHD COVID-19 1/20 vaccine update:
Effective Jan. 20, even more seniors have the opportunity to schedule their COVID vaccines at pharmacies, in addition to our area’s mass vaccination sites. The process is starting to gain momentum.
All members of our district’s board of health stress patience for everyone trying to schedule an appointment.
Every day, they are discussing plans and coordinating the best way to handle this challenging effort to get everyone vaccinated. It’s all contingent upon the supply, and appointments will become more readily available in time.
“Our appointment system certainly isn’t perfect yet, and we’re working on it,” said JoAnn Rupiper, director of clinical services for SNHD. “We’re in a much better place than we were last week. We have a better system starting tomorrow.”
Beginning Jan. 21, people will register with their demographic information to speed up the process at area clinics.
The Nevada National Guard, along with Clark County Fire Department personnel, are running the Cashman site. They say the goal there is to double the number of vaccinations administered to 4,000 a day.
Fire Chief John Steinbeck noted, “There’s times associated with vaccines, specifically after you have opened up a vial. Sometimes there is an opportunity and desire on our part to make sure none of that is wasted. If that ends up going to someone who doesn’t have a scheduled appointment, that’s better than the vial being wasted.”
He adds people coming through without an appointment, or without proof they are in the right tier, will be extremely minimal, if not totally nonexistent.
To date, the Health District has received 70,050 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for distribution in Clark County. For more information visit their website.
Immunization data for Clark County originates from the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and is preliminary and subject to change.