LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The vaccine rollout for Nevadans continues at to chug along, although data from the federal government shows the Silver State is lagging behind administering the shots.
According to Nevada authorities, the state has received 170,400 doses of vaccine, of which 49,736 have been administered as of Jan. 7.
Health leaders acknowledge the number is lower than desired, but note the priority is to administer the vaccine first and then record the data into the state's logging system.
Authorities say there is a time delay between immunization and data entry, which they believe means more Nevadans have been vaccinated than what is currently being reported.
Authorities explained there is a date discrepancy, and the information from the CDC may reflect Nevada's allotment and not the number of vaccines received to date, which is giving the state a worse ranking when compared to other states and their progress.
13 Investigates has learned there is hesitation among some healthcare workers who now choosing not to get vaccinated.
"As far as my personal colleagues, I have seen some hesitancy, I've had some people say, 'I think I just want to wait,'" said Dr. Christina Madison with Roseman University.
13 Investigates contacted several hospitals and ambulance companies in Las Vegas regarding the current progress of vaccinating staff and whether anyone has refused the shot.
St. Rose Siena, San Martin and Rose De Lima Hospitals released a statement:
“Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals are successfully administering COVID-19 vaccinations to health care professionals at our three acute care hospitals in southern Nevada. We anticipate utilizing our full allotment of the vaccine to protect our health care providers. Greater than 50 percent of our doctors, nurses, and support staff across our three campuses have already received the first dose of the vaccine. This week we began administering second doses and we continue to offer first doses to additional members of our team. We are extending our allotment to provide vaccinations to health care professionals at the four Dignity Health Neighborhood Hospitals in southern Nevada.”
A spokesperson adds the first dose clinics are on-going and staff are not required to get the vaccine.
University Medical Center says the vaccine progress continues and leaders expect the percentage of staff who have been immunized to increase as time goes on.
Approximately 50 percent of all UMC employees have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This figure will grow in the coming weeks, as all UMC employees are now eligible to receive the vaccine. UMC also provides the vaccine to first responders from key agencies in Southern Nevada, in addition to patient-facing health care providers and contractors who regularly and primarily work at UMC.
We continue to see a strong response from employees at UMC’s dedicated COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. Our team members recognize the importance of receiving the vaccine and promoting the safest possible clinical environment for our patients and staff. As we work to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMC will continue to administer the vaccine to team members as quickly and efficiently as possible.
A spokesperson says the hospital is not tracking how many staff members have declined the vaccine.
Southern Hills Hospital tells 13 Investigates that as of Friday, approximately 1200 doses have been administered to staff, and of those, 238 have received their second and final dose.
Sunrise Hospital has revealed 2,500 staff have received their shot and more than 1,000 have completed the second shot.
A spokesperson says since the vaccine is not mandatory, the hospital does not have information regarding people who have declined.
Community Ambulance says approximately 70% of their workforce has received the COVID-19 vaccine.
SEIU Local 1107, which represents thousands of healthcare workers across Southern Nevada says, by and large their members are getting vaccinated.
A spokesperson was unaware of any member who has elected not to receive the vaccine.
The Associated Press reported on Friday that a growing number of healthcare workers are more apprehensive to the vaccine.
Reasons range from concerns about allergic reactions to unknown log term effects of the newly-developed vaccine.
The FDA has said the vaccine is safe and effective.