Vaccination centers at the Cashman Center and Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas took up some walk-ins on Thursday for ages 65 and over to receive a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
The move came a day after Governor Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday that it would approve vaccines for the 65- to 69-year-old age group, highlighting a government effort with partner pharmacies.
Five hundred walkable slots were available on Thursday – and will be Friday and Saturday – at the Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Exhibition Hall B, in downtown Las Vegas. Walk-ins will be accepted from 8 a.m. and performed until the clinic is full, the Southern Nevada Health District said in a press release.
Walk-ins for the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine are available through Saturday at Cashman for those who received their first dose in a health district or at partner clinics in the community – Western High School, Cashman Center, or Mack Middle School – or events that Hosted by the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson or Touro University.
At Desert Pines, 3800 E. Harris Ave., 300 walk-in slots were available on Thursday for the first cans, which will start again at 9 a.m. on Friday. The doses are given until the clinic is up to capacity.
In addition, second-dose Pfizer vaccine walk-ins were available on Thursday, which will be re-offered on Friday at the Desert Pines site for those who received their first dose at a health district or partner clinic.
The recommended interval between the first and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is three weeks. The interval for the Moderna vaccine is four weeks. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stated that up to six weeks is acceptable for both types of vaccines.
Individuals who received their first dose of Moderna vaccine and whose appointments have been postponed this week due to weather-related shipping delays will continue to receive their second dose within the recommended time frame, according to the district.
People who have questions or need help making an appointment can call the COVID-19 hotline at 800-401-0946. The line is manned seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Additional websites for 65+
Other sites are also lowering their age requirements following the governor’s announcement.
The university hospital announced Thursday that the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination center in Encore had lowered the age requirements for vaccinations to 65 years. The site will continue to provide vaccinations for first responders and healthcare workers.
Community members 65 and over can schedule their vaccination appointments at www.umcsn.com/COVIDvaccine or by calling 702-789-5160. Appointments are required.
Smith’s, Walgreens and Walmart / Sam’s Club will begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for Nevadans in the 65- to 69-year-old age bracket in Clark County next week, according to the plan outlined by Sisolak.
“All pharmacies that currently sell vaccines in Clark County will switch to this age group next week, and appointments will open once the allocation is confirmed and received,” said Shannon Litz, spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services an email.
The Nonprofit Immunize Nevada website provides the following links to help you schedule online appointments:
– Smiths: https://www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinned.
– Walgreens: www.walgreens.com/schedulevaccine.
– Walmart / Sam’s Club: https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302.
For more information on the Clark County vaccination schedule, visit https://www.immunizenevada.org/county-specific-covid-19-vaccine-plan.
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