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Doctor fears apprehension may keep people away from COVID-19 vaccination ‘mega pod’

Southern Nevada Health District
Posted at 9:11 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 12:18:34-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — While a "mega pod" COVID-19 vaccination site opens at Cashman Center on Thursday, a Las Vegas doctor fears many may not get the vaccine.

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As of Wednesday, more than 29,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been reported as given in Clark County.

The Southern Nevada Health District says the vaccine rollout must be as methodical as the testing to work through the bugs.

Experts say in order to achieve herd immunity, 70% of the population in the U.S. would have to be immune to the virus.

“The problem is we’re not going to have 70% on board,” says Dr. Daliah Wachs.

Dr. Wachs believes that getting the vaccine is a critical step that people must take in order to achieve herd immunity.

Health officials announced those at least 70-years-old will soon be able to get the vaccine at Cashman Center.

“To tell an older person they’re going to have to go to Cashman, many of them are apprehensive,” says Dr. Wachs.

Unlike COVID-19 testing, vaccine distribution must be done inside as the vaccine needs to be kept chilled.

SNHD is also in talks for a second “mega pod” to be at the Las Vegas Convention Center, along with several other smaller clinics.

Dr. Wachs says she completely supports the Southern Nevada Health District as they open more mass vaccination centers.

“Our hope is that that site in the coming weeks will be able to do to 4,000 a day, and then we plan on replicating that as necessary through the valley,” says John Steinbeck, Clark County Fire Department.

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