RENO, Nev. (KLAS) — Two mobile vaccination units arrived in Reno Monday and will roll out to rural areas across Nevada Tuesday to deliver thousands of COVID-19 doses to those who can’t easily access vaccination sites.
“You can drive 60, 80, 100 miles and see nothing in some of these areas,” said Governor Steve Sisolak as he announced the start of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mobile vaccination effort in Nevada.
The units are heading out one day after the state opened up vaccinations to anyone 16 and older.
“This is a very special day in Nevada,” Sisolak said. “We are now closer to the end.”
The mobile vaccination unit can carry as many as 8,000 doses and will be administering the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine which only requires one dose. The units are expected to be able to handle a minimum of 250 vaccines a day.
“It’s imperative that every eligible Nevadan has access to these life-saving vaccines, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with FEMA and so many other volunteers who helped bring these mobile units to the Silver State. This will help complement our ongoing efforts to provide equitable distribution to populations in rural and tribal areas,” added Sisolak.
FEMA has 13 stops slated in Northern Nevada over the next month, including in tribal communities.
The North MVU will provide vaccines at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony on April 6, and then travel to the Washoe Tribe in Carson City for an event on April 8, followed by:
- Topaz Estates
- Silver Springs
- Battle Mountain
- Duck Valley Indian Reservation – Owyhee
The rotation will end in West Wendover on May 1.
The South MVU’s first stop will be at the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe on April 6, and then travel to:
- Round Mountain
- Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe
Ending with Laughlin on May 1.
“These mobile units – coupled with expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility across the State – are major milestones for the State of Nevada and our road to recovery,” added Governor Sisolak.
Each unit will be staffed by nurses, vaccinators, vaccine preparers and security from local communities.
All vaccines will be provided to walk-up registrants on a first-come, first served basis.