LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak provided an update on Southern Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts Thursday afternoon.
“In the last few months in Clark County and across the State of Nevada we have made incredible progress against COVID-19,” Sisolak said. “Our case rates and positivity rates are dropping rapidly, and we are seeing more Nevadans vaccinated every day.
Gov. Sisolak praised the efforts of FEMA as it helped in increasing the state’s COVID-19 vaccination rates. “Today, we are wrapping up our Get Out the Vaccine efforts and our partners from FEMA are moving on to their next mission, but as you will hear, we are not wrapping up our efforts to connect more Nevadans to the COVID vaccines,” Sisolak said.
According to data provided by the state, 63.05% of Nevadans 12 years and older have initiated vaccine and 53.64% are fully vaccinated. Both numbers are close to national averages. “Clark County has one of the top 3 vaccination rates by county,” Sisolak added.
In July, Nevada became one of the first states to take advantage of FEMA “surge teams” offered by the federal government to assist the State in COVID-19 vaccination efforts. “These teams have worked to canvass 21 zip codes in southern Nevada, they’ve supported more than 280 outreach and vaccination events and distributed more than 300,000 materials in the Las Vegas Valley,” Sisolak added.
When Sisolak was asked if there will be any kind of vaccine mandates imposed in Nevada similar to mandates recently imposed in California, he said he does not foresee that happening.