In another small milestone in the fight against COVID-19, citizens were given vaccines on Tuesday at a clinic in the Las Vegas Convention Center that dealt with “secondary dosers”.
The clinic is aimed exclusively at Clark County residents who received their first doses of the Moderna vaccine at the Cashman Center, Southern Nevada Health District offices, or Western High School and received email notifications saying them can arrange a second appointment.
Many wanted the second immune boost shot on the first opportunity as the line was about 25 meters deep in the morning before it dissolved in the afternoon.
Unfortunately for those trying to schedule a second dose of the two-dose regimen from home, the health district’s appointment portal was flawed for much of the day.
“Due to the high demand for appointments, our registration portal is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later, ”said an error message.
Jennifer Sizemore, a health district spokeswoman, said the website was overwhelmed.
“It’s due to the heavy traffic,” she said when asked about the outage. “People need to check the site later.”
That wasn’t the only review.
Future line jumpers attempting to get their first vaccine at the convention center clinic on Tuesday were greeted by staff in green vests who asked for vaccination cards and checked IDs before going to the injection site.
“If you’re a young, healthy person who got your first shot at UNLV and you’re at the forefront, we’ll turn you away,” warned Jeff Quinn, the health care manager for the Health District, at a press conference. “We ask the public to be patient. We need to make sure that these vaccines are given to people who really need them. “
Once the lines were gone, the operation seemed to go smoothly. In conversations with 10 vaccine recipients, only one issue was raised: a woman who said she would be emailed back to the Health Department on Decatur Street, where she received her first shot on Jan. 5, rather than the Convention Center.
“Three weeks later, I get an email confirmation that I should come to the same place for my second dose,” said Toni, who refused to give her last name. “I got there at 11am this morning and they tell me to be at the convention center for my second dose instead. … I was super confused, but thank god they let me in right away this afternoon. “
Agencies supporting the site in addition to the Health District include the Clark County Fire Department, the Assistant Secretary’s Office for Preparedness and Response, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It should take three months, the health district said.
As for the digital issues, the Health District portal appeared online on Monday evening, the eve of the convention center opening. Previously, the district had emailed an appointment link to those who had received a first dose at any of the three health district locations due for their second dose.
A health district official failed to provide further guidance to frustrated residents, who told the review journal they had tried to book appointments for hours without success.
Contact Mya Constantino at [email protected] Follow @searchingformya on Twitter. Review Journal contributor Mary Hynes contributed to this report.