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Nevada governor updates COVID-19 vaccination efforts; reports 'smooth deliveries'

25K+ vaccines administered as of Dec. 29
Posted at 4:17 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 02:58:27-05

CARSON CITY (KTNV) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak held a news conference on Wednesday and provided an update on the state's COVID-19 immunization efforts.

Sisolak says the state has seen smooth deliveries with a successful rollout of the vaccine with 25,636 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered and reported as of Dec. 29.

Shannon Bennett with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health also joined the governor on Wednesday and reported that a second dose of the vaccine is expected to be delivered next week for those who received the initial dose.

WATCH: Gov. Sisolak providing COVID-19 vaccination update

Additionally, using available federal guidance Bennett mentioned a playbook will be used specifically to Nevada when it comes to the continued rollout of the vaccinations.

This playbook will include recommendations from the CDC, where those over the age of 75 are prioritized along with vaccinations being administered to frontline essential workers in tier 2. The age group of 65-74 and those with underlying health conditions are currently in tier 3 with other essential workers.

The governor said the state is working on distributing vaccines as fast as it can but "COVID-19 is still very much with us" and reminded everyone to continue to take proper mitigation measures to help slow the spread of the virus.

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As of Wednesday, Nevada ranks 8th in the nation in new cases per 100k and 2nd in test positivity rate, and 17th in admissions per 100 hospital beds, according to Sisolak.

He also said that Nevadans don’t need to look far to see what it looks like when hospitals are overwhelmed and this must be prevented in Nevada.

The governor ended Wednesday's presser wishing everyone a Happy New Year but also reminded those to celebrate safely with state enforcement authorities being out in force on New Year's Eve to ensure measures are being followed.

Watch Wednesday's entire press conference below