NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Veterans Affairs Southern Nevada Healthcare System will begin providing the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans ages 65 and older, starting with a first-dose walk-in vaccine clinic from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center.
First-doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to the first 1,000 VASNHS-enrolled Veterans ages 65 and older during the event.
If demand exceeds 1,000 vaccines, eligible Veterans will be scheduled for a later date. Veterans who have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will not be eligible to receive their second dose during this event.
In order to keep an accurate count, traffic will be limited to a single point-of-entry through the West Entrance to the medical center.
Veterans interested in receiving the vaccine must be enrolled with VASNHS prior to their arrival at the clinic on Sunday as no on-site enrollment services will be available during this event.
Since giving the first dose of the vaccine on Dec. 16, VASNHS has delivered more than 18,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (as of Feb. 17).
Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs facilities has vaccinated more than one million Veterans.
Beginning Sunday, Feb. 21, the following groups are eligible to receive the vaccine at VASNHS during normal hours of operation:-Veterans 65-years-old or older can receive their vaccine by appointment at the North Las Vegas VAMC during normal vaccine clinic hours (weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) by calling (702) 791-9185.
(Please note: This is a reservation time block vs. an exact appointment time and Veterans should be prepared for a brief wait prior to receiving their vaccine).-Veterans under age 65 should not contact the reservation line. Please wait until you are contacted by VASNHS letting you know scheduling is open to your age group.
Veterans in high-risk categories who have questions about the vaccine and scheduling should contact their primary care team – not the reservation line. Veterans who have received their first dose from the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center or another location should receive their second dose from the same location.
Based on limited supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine, VASNHS is adhering to CDC and VA guidelines and primarily distributing via priority groups. All Veterans interested in receiving the vaccine will eventually have the opportunity when supply permits. Veterans seeking additional information can sign up to get updated information through VA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Keep Me Informed tool, visit the VA Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs webpage, contact their care team, or visit the VASNHS website.