LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Efforts are ramping up to make the COVID-19 vaccine more accessible.
Another large facility opened in the Las Vegas valley on Tuesday. Those who want a shot can drive-thru to get it at Texas Station in North Las Vegas.
The Southern Nevada Health District is trying to make the process as easy as possible to get as many people vaccinated as they can.
Texas Station’s first floor of the hotel-casino parking area will be the drive-thru site.
First or second doses of the Pfizer vaccine are available.
Currently, roughly 50% of everyone eligible in Clark County has received at least one dose of the vaccine. That’s good, but not enough to reach herd immunity, and not enough to get Governor Sisolak to drop capacity limits and mask mandates.
County leaders say the world is ready to come to Las Vegas, but the city’s recovery will be slower if it doesn’t meet vaccination goals.
“We need to do this. I cannot emphasize enough how important this is so we can get our economy up and running and get back to the Las Vegas we know and love,” said Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom.
Scott Black, a North Las Vegas city councilman and health district board chairman, says this location will target people in the north and northwest Las Vegas. That will help in reaching come who have been hesitant to get vaccinated.
“So really, it’s a multiprong effort to talk about the science and the facts of it, and also to convey a level of confidence and letting those folks know that it’s ok, worthwhile, and the best alternative,” he said.
The drive-thru vaccination site will be open from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., seven days a week for the next six weeks.
They have the capacity to do 1,000 daily.
For the first three weeks, they will only be doing first doses. The following three weeks will be devoted to first and second doses.
The Las Vegas Convention Center offers drive-thru vaccines, too. Those are Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Texas Station is also still offering COVID-19 testing.