Since Monday, all Nevadans 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of their health condition or profession. Some people thought there would be a rush to book appointments, but in Southern Nevada, the incident commander for the Health District says there are still plenty of appointments available.
“It’s not nearly the volume we’d like to see. We did yesterday 5,300 at Cashman, 5,400 at the Convention Center – they’re both built to do 7,000. So, we haven’t seen the numbers show up that we were hoping to when those tiers got opened up,” Greg Cassell said. “It’s everybody’s turn. We want people to get their shots so we can help get our economy back on track, stay safe as we bring in visitors from all over the country and all over the world. But mostly, to keep our people safe and our workers healthy and our families healthy here in Southern Nevada.”
Nevada headed into Monday with a total of 1,344,720 doses of vaccine administered. Heading into Wednesday, the number was up to 1,390,119 doses administered, meaning 45,399 doses were administered over the two days.
The supply so far seems to be meeting the demand.
“This week it has gone well in terms of having the vaccine allocation to support the appointments,” Nevada Department of Health and Human Services’ Karissa Loper said on a conference call.
In Southern Nevada, Cassell says the health district is now offering extended hours appointments at the SNHD’s main building, located at 280 S. Decatur Blvd., between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on select days of the week.
“Just catering to the 9-5’ers, and the ones that coach baseball on Saturdays and can’t get to a vaccine clinic on the weekend. So, just a different reach out to some clientele. We hope to expand it in the future,” he said. “They are logistically problematic because of vaccine maintenance issues and staffing – trying to get staff to work that many hours in a day, that many days in a week. But we are opening it up and anticipate next week transitioning from the health district office here over to the convention center sites.”