Seniors pleased with major update on Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A major update on Nevada’s vaccine rollout: seniors ages 65 to 69 will be capable to schedule appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning subsequent week.

While seniors are excited they’re lastly changing into eligible beneath the final inhabitants lane, as outlined in Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccination playbook, there may be nonetheless quite a lot of uncertainty concerning the state’s general vaccine allocation.

“We’re finally going to be able to go outside and not fear dying,” stated 66-year-old Shirley Brice.

Brice, who lives in Henderson, is thrilled that Nevadans within the newest eligible age group can get the vaccine quickly. Brice has been combating for this second for weeks — and even created a web based petition urging state officers to update the vaccination playbook.

“A little late, but certainly, we’re thrilled with Governor Sisolak and his team,” Brice stated. “They listened to our concerns, and they’re taking action.”

But for now, seniors 65- to 69-years-old will solely be capable to get the vaccine by pharmacy companions. And though sufficient allocation was given to these pharmacies from the federal authorities to start this course of, Sisolak says the availability continues to be very restricted.

“We know it will not be enough to cover the range of Nevadans in this age group,” Sisolak stated. “We continue to ask Nevadans to be patient, as we await increased allocations from the federal government.”

Sisolak says the objective is to develop vaccination occasions for these 65 and older by March 1. Meanwhile, the governor says he’s in fixed contact with the White House and the Biden-Harris administration to get extra vaccines to Nevada. 

Until then, we’re making do with what we’ve got.

“We’re getting the vaccines that we get into peoples’ arms,” Sisolak stated.

And though lots continues to be unsure, Nevada seniors say one factor is evident.

“At least we see motion in vaccinating our age group,” Brice stated.

The State’s “COVID fighter” web site, by Immunize Nevada, could be a useful software for seniors — and actually anybody — to search for vaccine data and appointment availability. Click here to entry it.