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Vegas middle school becomes pop-up vaccine site in effort to reach Hispanic community

Posted at 9:13 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 18:44:54-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas middle school in the east side of the valley transformed into a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site on Friday as part of a larger effort to reach the Hispanic community, which has been disproportionately impacted by the virus.

Victor Rodriguez was the first in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine at Jerome Mack Middle School near Lamb Boulevard and Sahara Avenue.

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His wife, Flor, was right behind him.

“I recommended that other people come," she said.

"Look for an appointment, look for the shot," Flor pleaded to whoever is on the fence about getting the vaccine. "Look for yourself and for your family."

Consul of Mexico in Las Vegas Julián Escutia Rodríguez says anyone can get the vaccine, no questions asked.

"No questions asked about immigration, no questions about insurance," he assured.

"The vaccine is free so I really invite everybody to get it," added Rodríguez.

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It's the same message that health authorities are also conveying.

“This is kind of a pilot for us," said Dr. Fermin Leguen, currently serving as the acting chief health officer and chief medical officer at the Southern Nevada Health District.

"Our intention, as we receive a larger number of vaccines, is to be able to deploy our immunization teams to places like this one," explained Dr. Leguen, "and offer vaccines to specific segments of the population.”

But officials are also asking for patience.

“We know you need it but our seniors need it too," said Las Vegas Councilwoman Olivia Diaz.

"We’re doing our best to get these vaccinations to everyone across our community here in Southern Nevada."

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"Be persistent," she advised. "Check the website over and over and over. You may not land the appointment on your first visit.”

More appointments are expected to open in the following weeks on the SNHD website.

Those without internet access, or those who need help booking an appointment, can contact Consulado de México en Las Vegas at (702) 477-2700.