A new COVID-19 vaccination facility operated by the University Medical Center opened in Encore on the Strip on Monday.
“The new location will serve Nevadans 70 and over, healthcare workers and first responders, and will provide hundreds of vaccine doses daily,” hospital spokesman Scott Curbs said in an email.
On Monday morning, a parking attendant at the hotel-casino instructed the drivers to enter the self-parking garage so that the vaccine could be parked on the first floor near an entrance with a sign saying “Vaccination Clinic”.
Staff greeted people as they entered the property and led those who said they had an appointment to a nearby registration area outside of a ballroom where the vaccination clinic is located.
Stasia Winston, 76, said her appointment lasted only half an hour. “I don’t know how they did it. We greet you, ”she said.
“I was expecting a nightmare and it was just the opposite,” said Winston’s son Alexander, who stood with her in the row of 20 people.
“With the required appointments, the site has effectively managed the flow of patient traffic to promote efficient vaccinations and shorter waiting times,” said Curbs. “… We recommend eligible community members to regularly check www.umcsn.com/COVIDvaccine for available dates.
UMC expects to open more dates this week, he said. The site is currently up and running Monday through Friday.
Downtown at the Cashman Center’s larger vaccination station, a long line for the vaccine wrapped around the building near an entrance on Maryland Parkway.
Alice Berry, 75, said she waited about two hours to get the vaccine. But she didn’t complain.
“I don’t want to get the COVID,” she said.
The Cashman site opened Thursday with a pilot program to test the system by providing shots to key employees, officials from Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District said. On Friday, by appointment, the location was officially opened to higher-priority groups, which in addition to employees 70 and over also included health care and public safety employees.
Late on Friday, the appointment system on the Southern Nevada Health District website, where appointments are scheduled for the Cashman website, announced that new categories of employees would be eligible for appointments starting Monday, including those that are “Community Support at the forefront ”.
This includes a broad segment of the community, from teachers to key public transport workers to funeral staff.
You can find the appointments portal of the health district at covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/distribution.
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