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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak provided an update on Nevada’s COVID-19 response, including the state’s vaccine plan during a news conference today.

Regarding a vaccine, the governor said his office is working with a number of partners statewide including providers, pharmacies, tribes and a statewide immunization coalition to prepare for a variety of distribution scenarios when the vaccine becomes available and the state has information on the amount of vaccine allocated to Nevada.

“There are still many steps in the process before a vaccine is finalized and ready for distribution, but I also want Nevadans to know: the State has been planning for months, and the State will be ready when the time comes,” according to Sisolak. “We are working with our partners statewide including providers, pharmacies, tribes & a statewide immunization coalition to prepare for a variety of distribution scenarios when the vaccine becomes available and we have information on the amount of vaccine allocated to Nevada.”

Other highlights of the governor’s news conference included:

  • His office is working on a plan to increase capacity to 50 percent for conventions by Jan. 1, 2021
  • On Saturday, the state reported more than 1,000 cases, and as of today eight of Nevada’s 17 counties have been flagged for elevated disease transmission
  • His office is working with health and education leaders to determine how the state can get students back into the classroom as soon as possible in a safe and responsible manner
  • Getting a flu shot is more important than ever. Combo of flu and COVID could place an additional burden on the state’s hospitals.  The governor was joined Candice McDaniel, Health Bureau Chief, Bureau of Child, Family, and Community Wellness, Division of Public and Behavioral Health and Shannon Bennett, Immunization Program Manager, Division of Public and Behavioral Health.