Governor Sisolak: First COVID vaccines expected by mid-Dec

Vaccine distribution will be staggered among "Tier 1" candidates

Paul Ihander
December 02, 2020 - 5:44 pm
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak speaks during a press conference in the Nevada State Legislature Building in Carson City on June 24, 2020.

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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak on Wednesday provided an evolving blueprint on how the COVID vaccine would first be pushed out across the state once it arrives.   In an afternoon news conference, Sisolak says the first vaccines could arrive as early as mid-December and be distributed in a time-staggered way to health care professionals and law enforcement staff.

He stressed federal guidance says wider availability of the vaccine would not come until after the new year.  

Sisolak also did not dismiss the idea of installing stricter social and economic measures, as Nevada's COVID case numbers continue to stay above CDC baselines with documented community spread.  Nevada's entered week 2 of  3 week "pause" to slow the spread of COVID.  Measures included reduced attendance at events, smaller capacity inside businesses and mandatory mask wearing.

Arizona's Governor also held a news conference on Wednesday, saying he's signed an executive order to make the vaccine free to anyone who wants it.