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CDC: Nevada ranks 7th worst state in vaccine administration per 100K

Posted at 9:14 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-09 01:51:33-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine map tracker shows Nevada as the 7th worst state in the U.S. when it comes to vaccines administered for every 100,000 people.

Numbers from Friday afternoon show that out of 187, 375 distributed vaccines, only 44,656 have been administered, which is almost 24%.

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Neighboring states like California and Arizona are just slightly better than the Silver State.

The Southern Nevada Health District Acting Chief Health Officer Dr. Fermin Leguen says our vaccination numbers should go up starting next week.

"We are in the very early stage of this vaccination campaign," said Dr. Leguen. "Yes, our numbers are relatively low but I know that almost everybody else across the country is."

"Our projections after next week, when we are able to open Cashman [Center] and expand to all the other sites, is actually to be able to offer at least somewhere in between 40 and 45 thousand vaccinations a week, “ he explained.

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Dr. Leguen says there are some logistical challenges. Even though there are already established vaccination sites, more could be included to have a wider response and vaccine administration in the valley.

One of those places could be Allegiant Stadium.

Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said in a statement that "it is a potential resource we can utilize if we need to, but nothing is definite."

COVID-19 TRACKER | Latest numbers from state, county officials

SNHD also said that in the next two weeks vaccinations for seniors could begin for those who would like to have them. More information is expected to come in the next week.

To check the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine map tracker go to cdc.gov.