Raiders say Allegiant Stadium is ready to be a vaccination site if needed

Allegiant Stadium is located next to the Las Vegas Strip
Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 21:36:51-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offered up all 30 NFL stadiums as vaccination sites. President Joe Biden said he absolutely will take Goodell up on his offer.

But whether or not Allegiant Stadium will be used as a vaccination site? That is still up in the air.

The Raiders released a statement Monday saying they've had discussions with local health authorities and are all in if the opportunity presents itself.

"The stadium will be made available as soon as local health authorities are ready to deploy large scale vaccinations," the team statement reads.

It's unclear when that may be possible as the CDC's most recent numbers show Nevada still ranked second to last when it comes to the number of doses being delivered. To date, more than 80 percent of vaccine doses that have been delivered to Nevada have been administered. Candice McDaniel with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services said there's been a scaling up of the vaccination process in recent weeks.

"We have seen great success in making sure that the doses are used within a short time period, that process is continuously being refined. The actual vaccination rate is good in Nevada," said McDaniel.

A couple of weeks ago, Governor Sisolak sent a letter to the federal government asking the department why Nevada still ranks near the bottom and asked for more doses to be allocated to the state.

Right now, with vaccines being given at Cashman Center and the Las Vegas Convention Center among many other places, it seems unlikely Allegiant Stadium would be used unless Nevada sees a significant uptick in doses coming into the state.