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Southern Nevada Health District pushing forward with vaccine rollout

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Posted at 6:48 PM, Jan 06, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — You’re going to have to wait a little while longer to get the COVID-19 vaccine unless you are a frontline or healthcare worker. The Southern Nevada Health District is putting together a plan to roll out the vaccine to the general public.

“We have the vaccine available so we’re working really hard with a lot of partners who are really excited about the ability to give vaccines to our residents," said JoAnn Rupiper, director of clinical services for SNHD.

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The SNHD continuing to push forward with its vaccine rollout. The agency saying about 21,000 doses of the vaccine have been given to people here in the valley.

The focus is on people in tier 1, including nursing home staff and frontline workers.

Officials say they’re heard nothing negative about the first dose and so far, people are ready to get their second.

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“From the feedback that we’re getting that they’re looking for appointments and looking for ways to get that second shot," she said.

As they continue vaccinating tier 1 patients, the agency wants to give out the vaccine in the same places where you would get a flu shot.

“A lot of that work was done by your health care provider and your pharmacies and of course our public health agencies," Rupiper said.

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The health district says when the other tiers will get their shots remains fluid but says there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

“Pretty much, we’re asking for people’s patience. The positive and the good news about the vaccine is that it’s here and we’re administering the vaccine," said Jeff Quinn, the manager in the office of public health preparedness for SNHD.