Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced new vaccination efforts and reopening plan as the state continues its plan to return to normalcy and reopen the state’s economy.
During a Wednesday news conference, the governor said those aged 65 and older will be able to schedule an appointment at one of the federally approved pharmacy partners starting next week.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, only Walmart is an approved partner in the state of Nevada but efforts to expand were underway to other pharmacies, officials said.
A new emergency directive was also expected to be signed this week, outlining a plan for a “safe reopening” of public schools across the state, as the Biden Administration zones in on in-person learning.
State Superintendent Jhone Ebert said the new guidelines for schools will allow them to operate at 75 percent or a maximum of 250 people in a contained space.
The capacity on school busses will also increase to 66 percent with mandatory mask requirements and newly reduced three-foot social distancing measures.
Gov. Sisolak also announced the return of full-contact sports for those operating under the regulated Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.
“The NIAA must develop a mandatory COVID-19 testing and mitigation plan that then must be adopted and followed by each school district & school intending to allow full-contact sports,” he said.
Such a plan, according to the governor, must require weekly testing of coaches, staff and athletes.