LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FEMA, and public health officials are discussing the opening of a mass vaccination site at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday.
A livestream of Tuesday's announcement can be viewed below:
The vaccination site is supported by the National Disaster Medical System and part of the HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.
The Las Vegas Convention Center will be the site of the Southern Nevada Health District's COVID-19 second dose clinic site, as the agency and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority previously announced.
The appointment-only clinic will open starting Tuesday for people who received their first dose at a health district clinic and are eligible to receive their second dose.
The Las Vegas Convention Center clinic will be open Tuesday through Saturday in the C-1 area of the facility's Central Hall.
Dedicated parking is available in the Silver Lot off Paradise Road and Convention Center Drive.
People eligible to receive the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at this site received their first dose at clinics held at Western High School, Cashman Center, or the Southern Nevada Health District's main public health center.
"We are pleased to be able to announce the location of our second dose clinic site at the Las Vegas Convention Center," said Dr. Fermin Leguen, acting chief health officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. "The facility offers our community a centrally located site to access the vaccine, and we appreciate the continued support the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has provided during the response the pandemic."
The SNHD says it is recommended that the second dose of vaccine should be administered as close to the 21 and 28-day intervals as possible. However, based on current guidance, second doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be administered up to six weeks after the first dose. The vaccines are not interchangeable.
Additional information is also available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.