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) — Nevadans who are 65 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Feb. 17, Governor Steve Sisolak announced a major update on Nevada’s vaccine rollout; seniors ages 65 to 69 will be now able to schedule appointments for the vaccine.

On Jan. 11, Governor Sisolak and his team of health officials announced changes to the state’s vaccine playbook, which 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 Feb. 18, 2021):

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

  • 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 65+
  • 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 link for CCSD teachers and staff to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine is live, as of Jan. 26. After submitting the information, staff will receive an email telling them that they are registered and will receive a second link when they are eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment. The email says vaccines will be prioritized based on a person’s role within the district. Teachers also need to enter their vaccination information with the district through a separate portal to be tracked.

If you are a CCSD employee, click here 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.

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

Vaccine Call Center

Nevada has set up a call center to help those with questions about the vaccine and vaccination process. The number is: 1-800-401-0946. It is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

SNHD Vaccine Help Line

The Southern Nevada Health District has expanded its COVID-19 help line to 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to (702) 759-1900, people can also call (702) 455-0696 to either make or cancel appointments.

Vaccination Sites

  • Vaccine appointments are available for the following groups:
    • Nevadans 65 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 a UMC 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

2. Las Vegas Convention Center (Southern Nevada Health District)

  • Announced Feb. 26, first doses will be administered at the convention center in addition to second doses
  • LOCATION: C-1 area of Central Hall (dedicated parking in the Silver Lot off Paradise Rd and Convention Center Dr)
  • OPERATING: Tuesday through Saturday
  • Click here to make an appointment

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

3. Cashman CenterMega-site (opened Jan. 14)

  • LOCATION: 850 Las Vegas Boulevard
  • OPERATING: For now, Cashman Center will not be operating seven days a week.
  • FIRST DOSE: First dose appointments are being accepted for Thursday, Feb. 25, Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb.27. Click here to make an appointment.
  • SECOND DOSE: Second doses will be administered from Feb. 24 through Feb. 27

4. Southern Nevada Health District

  • LOCATION: 280 South Decatur Boulevard
  • OPERATING: Monday through Friday
  • **VACCINES ONLY FOR SENIORS 65+ ** (at this time)
  • To book an appointment or check availability, click HERE.

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

  • LOCATIONS: 45 around the state of Nevada
  • OPERATING: Seven days a week
  • VACCINES FOR: Residents 65 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.

6. 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 65 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

7. Walmart/Sam’s Club (Vaccinations available Feb. 12)

  • Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines in Nevada through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program on Feb 12, 2021. Eligible customers can schedule a vaccine appointment via the Walmart and Sam’s Club websites once appointments are available. 

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

  • LOCATIONS: Vaccinations will be at Canyon Springs High School
  • OPERATING: March 1 & 2
  • VACCINES: Residents 65 and older
  • MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Residents 65 and over. No walk-in accepted. Book an appointment at this link.

9. 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 65 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.

Second Dose Vaccination Site

The Las Vegas Convention Center will be the Southern Nevada Health District’s COVID-19 second dose clinic site. Appointment scheduling will be available starting Feb. 1 and the site will open on Feb. 2. As of Feb. 26, the site is also offering first dose vaccines.

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.

The health district says it will notify those eligible with the contact information it has on file.

Las Vegas Convention Center:

The 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 recommends getting the second dose as close to the above intervals as possible, but you can receive it up until six weeks after.

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.

RTC routes to vaccination sites

Seniors who might need a vaccine but don’t have transportation can use the the RTC bus system, or if they need special assistance, the RTC’s paratransit system.

CLICK HERE to see the current list of vaccination clinic sites with designated service routes.

‘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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