LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Southern Nevada Health District announced it could roll out Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots as early as next week during a Thursday news briefing.
Health district officials said the boosters will be distributed at its static vaccine sites, as well as at local pharmacies, stores, and doctor’s offices.
“We have 12 static sites that are already up,” said Sarah Lugo, community health nurse supervisor. “Right now we have about 20% of the capacity being filled with people being vaccinated so we have room for more people to come with this additional dose and the booster doses coming.”
The booster shot is available to people who are 65 and older, residents in long-term care settings, anyone 18 and older with underlying medical conditions, and anyone 18 and older who works in an occupational or institutional setting that puts them at an increased risk.
“The underlying conditions are fairly extensive and the CDC has listed the conditions on their website,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Cort Lohff.
Although the booster will be available, District Health Officer Dr. Fermin Leguen said his primary goal remains to get more southern Nevadans vaccinated. The positivity rate of COVID-19 cases in Clark County has dropped in recent weeks from around 18% to 8.6% as of Friday.
“Our primary goal today is to extend the vaccination to those who are not yet vaccinated. We will still keep working on that.”
Fermin said the number of vaccinated people who have contracted COVID-19 has increased and currently about 15% of COVID cases are among people fully vaccinated. In June, it was less than 5%. He said that percentage will increase as more people in the community get the virus.
Even so, he said the numbers show the vaccine is working when it comes to people requiring hospitalization.
“In Clark County, more than 85% of the people who have been admitted because of COVID or died because of COVID are people who did not recieve a single dose of vaccine,” Fermin said.
The booster shot is recommended to be given six months after a person’s vaccine series.