Health district’s plan to do 100K vaccines a week hampered due to limited supply

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County and health district officials say there is a plan to administer as many as 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines a week but a limited supply is keeping them from doing that.

“We are struggling with the number of vaccines we are receiving,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, acting chief health officer for Southern Nevada Health District.

Currently the district is receiving 22,000 to 25,000 doses per week. As of Wednesday morning, around 107,000 vaccinations have been administered to Southern Nevadans since Cashman Center opened as the first vaccine site on Jan. 15. Cashman Center is administering about 1,000 vaccines a day because of the limited supply.

At the current rate of vaccinations, Leguen admitted it will could take several weeks to get through the current group that is eligible for vaccines. That group includes people 70 and older and Leguen said that group alone is around 200,000 people. That process would speed up if more doses are shipped to Clark County every week.

Even with the current vaccination sites, Chief Administrative Nurse JoAnn Rupiper with the health district said they could do 50,000 doses a week if they had the vaccines and could ramp up to 100,000 doses a week in March.

“We have a lot of vaccinators here. We’re getting some help from FEMA and the National Guard, and the fire department has been great,” said JoAnn Rupiper with the Southern Nevada Health District.

North Las Vegas Councilman Scott Black who sits on the health district board said there is a multi-prong plan in place to distributing more doses.

“We’re working close with the state and federal government to up our allocation,” Black said. “Once we do that, we will be able to incorporate large scale pods, mega-pods if you will, more strike team aspects to areas of the community that have mobility issues, potentially 24-hour sites.”

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