LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Today, the Southern Nevada Health District received its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This first shipment includes 15,000 doses of the vaccine. Most of this shipment will be used by the Health District to administer vaccine to Tier 1 health care personnel. The Health District continues to receive vaccine in phases. To date, the Southern Nevada Health District has received 27,675 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in addition to 16, 478 doses of Moderna vaccine being shipped directly to Clark County hospitals this week.
The Health District’s vaccine plan mirrors the state’s distribution plan which is a tiered distribution plan to ensure the initial supplies of vaccine are provided to the critical populations identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Health care personnel and additional groups most at risk for direct exposure to the virus are included in Tier I. Long-term care facilities are also included in Tier I and are receiving their vaccine supplies from pharmacy providers.
#COVID19 update: Today, the @SNHDinfo received its first shipment of the @moderna_tx #Coronavirus vaccine. This first shipment has 15,000 doses. Most will be used by to administer vaccine to Tier 1 health care personnel. #Vegas #ClarkCounty pic.twitter.com/Ie3f24Efyr— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) December 22, 2020
“The two vaccines are important tools in our efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to remind everyone that is important to get our community’s health care staff members vaccinated so they can continue to provide the essential services and support we have all relied upon during this pandemic,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, the Southern Nevada Health District’s Acting Chief Health Officer. “We will continue to receive COVID-19 vaccine supplies and as we do, we will let each of the identified groups know when they are able to get vaccinated. “
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration. Both vaccines are a two-dose series, and people receiving the first dose will need to receive a second dose three to four weeks after the first vaccination is administered.
The Health District will provide additional updates and information as the vaccine campaign continues and more vaccine is received on its COVID-19 webpage: https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/ [covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.
As the community continues to respond to the pandemic, it is important for people to follow recommended public health strategies.