Gov. Sisolak, state leaders stress importance of vaccinating local hospitality workers

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — State leaders joined hospitality workers Thursday to stress the importance of increased vaccination efforts as our state continues to reopen.

Gov. Steve Sisolak joined the chair of the Gaming Control Board (GCB) and other state industry leaders at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. He says the site has administered at least 5,000 shots, and gaming leaders believe at least 100,000 industry workers have been reached across the state.

“It made me feel more secure in my job,” Delia Garcia told 8 News Now of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Garcia, who works as a guest room attendant at Delano Las Vegas on the Strip, is one of the 5,000 who got her shot at the MGM employee vaccination clinic. 

“We never expected to be in this position,” she explained of others in the hospitality industry. “So scary, to open one door in the rooms, and you don’t know what is going to happen inside the room.”

Sisolak and other leaders spoke about the importance of protecting our community’s frontline workers. 

“The work being done here is tremendous,” the governor said of the site. “The Nevada experience, that visitors from around the globe enjoy so much, would not be possible without the men and women of our hospitality industry.”

He also spoke about how these efforts are helping our economy come back.

“People ask me, ‘When will Nevada be back? When will Vegas be back?’ To all those who ask, the comeback is here, now,” Sisolak said. “We are on our way back. We are on our way back stronger and safer and healthier than ever.”

Brin Gibson, chair of the Nevada GCB, says some of our state’s largest gaming operators are reporting 60 to 70% vaccination rates.

“In order to protect the industry, which is a primary charge of the Gaming Control Board, we had to protect the workers,” he said.

Sisolak thanked everyone who’s gotten vaccinated, but he’s also asking you to encourage your friends, coworkers and family to get on board, as well, so we can reach herd immunity in the coming months.

“I’m committed to making Nevada the safest place to vacation and have a convention, and that is only going to be done by what you are seeing behind me. That is needles in people’s arms,” the governor said.

It’s an effort many call crucial to our community’s rebound, and Garcia said she is grateful to be a part of it. 

“You have to think of your family and your coworkers,” she concluded. “And yourself.”

Sisolak said our state’s gaming industry currently has 25 different vaccination pods available. 

He also added that large companies, including MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, are adding more pop-up vaccination sites to reach more people. 

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