Nevada expects to start vaccinating people 75+ "soon"

The elderly were recently moved up to Tier 2 priority

Associated Press
January 06, 2021 - 5:03 am
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Coronavirus vaccinations for people 75 and older in Clark County could begin at pharmacies as soon as next week, health officials say. 

Like the rest of the country, vaccination efforts in Nevada so far have focused on front-line health care workers and staff and residents in long-term care facilities.

Now, vaccinations for those 75 and up could begin as soon as Jan. 11, Southern Nevada Health District spokeswoman Jennifer Sizemore told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Monday.

Nevada Health and Human Services spokeswoman Shannon Litz did not provide a specific time frame but said multiple counties, including Clark County, could “soon” begin vaccinating people in the state’s second-tier priority group, which includes older people.

“Nevada counties are vaccinating individuals in Tier 1, and some counties may ​be moving into Tier 2 soon,” she said. “As this effort continues, counties may move ​throughout the tiers at different paces, based on factors such as population size and vaccine demand within the tier groups.”

Both Litz and Sizemore said more information would be released as details are confirmed.

Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick also said home health care workers, those in doctor’s offices and people 75 and older would be able to go to Walgreens or CVS to be vaccinated. Kirkpatrick did not respond to requests for additional details.

“Timing of vaccine availability at retail will be determined by the states in coordination with” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CVS spokeswoman Monica Prinzing said. 

As of Sunday, 34,540 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the state, Litz said, though there is some lag in reporting. She did not confirm how many total doses of vaccine the state has received.