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Cashman Center opens as COVID-19 vaccination site

Posted at 10:27 PM, Jan 14, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Cashman Center has opened its doors as a COVID-19 vaccination site for all eligible people, including seniors.

Thursday was “Pilot Program Day” at the venue and health experts were able to see what works and what could be improved before more Nevadans arrive for their first dose.

Captain Jasmin Ghazinour with Clark County Fire Department says she already received her shot and now she’s a volunteer to help those who want their vaccines too.

“I feel like this is the end game, this is the way to get out of it," said Ghazinour. "This is the way to help our population and get our economy back on track. And the way to do that is to help as many people to get the vaccine."

"To help with that is a great public contribution,” she added.

“I had COVID-19 myself, so, to be part of the process and part of the solution, is an amazing experience,” shared Ghazinour.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is now an option for many seniors. The Southern Nevada Health District has opened vaccination centers for those who are 70 years or older, but some seniors say they have not been able to make an appointment online.

"At the end of the day, navigating the system and getting a slot when the servers are available is a difficult challenge," said President and CEO Jeffrey Klein of Nevada Senior Services.

Klein says some seniors can feel frustrated due to technology and mobility issues.

"Patience and persistence is the only answer,“ said Klein.

Health experts and county officials are addressing issues with the SNHD website, and ask eligible seniors to go to the center with a reservation since doses are limited.

"When you sign up and you're preregistered, it means that you can get through in an expedient manner," said Clark County Fire Department Captain Noah Wheatley.

"We want to make this a little bit smoother,“ said Wheatley.

"Have a family member who can assist you," suggested Klein. "[Someone] who can keep trying for you on the website and also go with you to the appointment once you have one."

More website changes and updates, as well as more appointment slots, are expected next week.

Visit covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org to register.