Southern Nevada Health District second dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic opens at Las Vegas Convention Center today
Appointment-only site provides second doses to those vaccinated at a Health District or partner clinic
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February 2, 2021
LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District’s second dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic opened today at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The site is operated in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Clark County, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, FEMA, and other local response partners.
The Las Vegas Convention Center site currently has the capacity to administer approximately 1,400 second doses of the vaccine each day, and is open Tuesday through Saturday in the C-1 area of the facility’s Central Hall. Dedicated parking is available in the Silver Lot off Paradise Road and Convention Center Drive. People who were vaccinated at a Health District or partner COVID-19 site can now make an appointment for their second dose on the agency’s website at https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/second-dose/. The Health District’s second dose vaccine website asks people a series of questions as they make their appointment to ensure they are eligible to receive the vaccine from the Health District.
“Second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are allocated based on the amount of first doses administered and are shipped as separate inventory from first doses of the vaccine. This ensures we have enough second doses for everyone who is being vaccinated,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “This is also why it is important for people to return to their original provider for their second dose of the vaccine. Our supplies ensure we have enough to fully vaccinate everyone who had an appointment at a Health District clinic. If you were vaccinated by another provider, they will receive a second dose just for you.”
The Las Vegas Convention Center site has the capacity to expand to administer 3,000 vaccines each day, and is a vital resource as the Health District and its partners ensure the community is fully immunized against COVID-19.
“President Biden committed the full weight of the federal government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and has signed several executive orders and directives in support of this commitment,” said Acting HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Nikki Bratcher-Bowman. “This Administration has set a goal of administering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the first 100 days. ASPR is a critical part of this initiative, and we are proud of our NDMS colleagues who have traveled to Nevada in support of vaccine administration in the Las Vegas and Carson City areas. We will continue to work closely with our state and local public health partners to help ensure every person in the country who wants to be vaccinated can do so. I am confident this work will be instrumental in bringing an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
It is recommended that the second dose of vaccine should be administered as close to the 21- and 28-day intervals as possible. However, based on current guidance, second doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be administered up to six weeks after the first dose. The vaccines are not interchangeable. If people who are not eligible to receive their second dose make appointments at the Convention Center site, (e.g., it is too soon, they have not received their first dose, they were vaccinated by another health care provider) they will not receive the vaccine.
Additional information about new COVID-19 vaccine is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html. More information about COVID-19, including case updates, vaccination clinics, and available resources is available on the Health District website at www.SNHD.info/covid.
The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info.