Vaccine Information: When and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine

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NOTE: This story will be updated as new information about the vaccine in Southern Nevada is released.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Questions are arising as more information trickles in on Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution process.

On Jan. 11, Governor Sisolak and his team of health officials announced changes to the state’s vaccine playbook, which now clarifies priorities for vaccinating specific groups of people.

Instead of “tiers,” the distribution method is outlined in two “lanes” in the playbook. There’s the “general population” lane, and the “frontline/essential workforce” lane. When you get the vaccine depends on which lane you are in.

Groups currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination (as of Jan. 18, 2021):

  • Health Care Workforce (previously Tier One) including personnel who work in:
    • Hospitals
    • Long term care (includes residents)
    • Laboratories
    • Diagnostic imaging
    • Pharmacies
    • Medical/dental services
    • First responders (EMT/paramedics)
  • Seniors 70+
  • Public Safety & Security
    • Nevada Department of Corrections staff
    • Law enforcement, public safety and national security
    • State and local emergency operations managers/staff
  • Frontline Community Support
    • Education (Pre-K & K-12) and childcare — public/private/charter school settings
    • Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) frontline educators, staff and students
    • Community support frontline staff (i.e. frontline workers who support food, shelter, court/legal and social services, and other necessities of life for needy groups and individuals)
    • Continuity of Governance (state and local)
    • Essential public transportation
    • Remaining essential public health workforce
    • Mortuary services

UPDATE FOR VACCINATING EDUCATORS: The Clark County School District (CCSD) says there is “currently a limited number of vaccines available in the state of Nevada, which is causing a delay in allowing all CCSD employees access to vaccination appointments.” In a letter sent to CCSD employees Friday, the district noted: “Nevada has prioritized educators as those who are eligible to receive the vaccine, however, the needed resources and systems are not currently in place to manage the volume at this time. If CCSD employees are able to obtain an appointment and vaccination through other providers, they may elect to do so.”

The health district and Clark County are working on updating the link to register on SNHD’s website.

**Please click the group you are in to register for the vaccine**

Click HERE for more information on vaccination registration. The SNHD website allows you to book an appointment seven days in advance. Everyone is encouraged to check back for appointment availability.

Those who have received the first dose of the vaccine must come back for the second. That appointment can be made after Jan. 25.

For more information on prioritization and eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccination, you can review the Nevada COVID-19 Playbook V3.

Vaccination Sites

  • Vaccine appointments are available for the following groups:
    • Nevadans 70 years old and over
    • Healthcare workforce and support
    • Frontline Essential Workers who are Public Safety and Security
  • If you are in one of the groups listed above, click HERE to register for the vaccine

University Medical Center (UMC) is operating one COVID-19 vaccination center:

  1. Encore at Wynn Las Vegas — Mega-site (opened Jan. 18)
    • LOCATION: In the resort’s convention space near the Encore self-parking garage
    • OPERATING: Monday through Friday, with the ability to increase hours as the program expands

Vaccines will available at other sites across the valley, including:

  1. Cashman Center — Mega-site (opened Jan. 14)
    • LOCATION: 850 Las Vegas Boulevard
    • OPERATING: Seven days a week
    • You must make an appointment on the Southern Nevada Health District’s website. (Please note: Due to a high number of people booking appointments, the scheduling links below may be slow or temporarily unavailable.)
  2. Southern Nevada Health District
    • LOCATION: 280 South Decatur Boulevard
    • OPERATING: Monday through Friday
    • **VACCINES ONLY FOR SENIORS 70+ ** (at this time)
    • The site shows no available appointments until Feb. 27, but that could change. To book an appointment or check availability, click HERE.

A third COVID-19 vaccine mega-site at the Las Vegas Convention Center is expected to open in the next two weeks.

3. Smith’s Food & Drug Pharmacies (Vaccinations begin Jan. 20)

  • LOCATIONS: 45 around the state of Nevada
  • OPERATING: Seven days a week
  • VACCINES FOR: Residents 70 years old and over
  • MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: You can make an appointment at this link. Just enter your zip code, select the store and then check the box for the COVID-19 vaccine. After you click continue, you will get an option to select a date and time.

4. Boulder City (Vaccinations available beginning Jan. 25)

  • LOCATIONS: Elaine K. Smith Building (700 Wyoming), Boulder City Hospital (901 Adams Blvd)
  • OPERATING: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • VACCINES FOR: Residents 70 years old and over
  • MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Call Boulder City Parks and Recreation at (702) 293-9256 Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make an appointment. Those without an appointment will be refused. You must talk to a person to schedule.
  • Click HERE for more information on vaccinations in Boulder City

5. North Las Vegas (Vaccinations available Jan. 25)

  • LOCATIONS: Vaccinations will be at Canyon Springs High School
  • OPERATING: Monday through Friday (Everything is contingent on vaccine availabilty)
  • VACCINES: Residents 70 years old and over
  • MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Residents 70 and over need to pre-register at this link. Those who register will be contacted to make an appointment.

6. Nye County: The county’s COVID-19 update website says Nye County is still in tier 1, which includes healthcare workers and first responders. Nye County residents 70 and older are encouraged to make an online appointment at this link for Smith’s or at this link for Walgreens.

The state is working on a plan with other neighborhood pharmacies to offer vaccinations in the coming weeks.


What to bring to your vaccine appointment

Every individual eligible to receive the vaccine must make an appointment. Appointments may be limited. More dates and times are being added, and everyone who wants the vaccine will be able to get it, the health district notes on its website.

Proof of employment as well as a photo ID and proof of residency should be brought to your appointment, SNHD states on its website.

‘General Population’ Lane

If you are not in the frontline/essential group, or a senior 70 years old and over, you are in the “general population” lane. The plan for this group is to receive vaccinations from pharmacies.

The first step for everyone in this lane is to fill out the Nevada COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form. You will be contacted when you are eligible to get the vaccine.

The health district is waiting for more details on a laid out plan from the state, and expects them to release that soon.

While you wait, you can fill out the form. Watch the video below to see how to do this.

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