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Last week’s Pfizer and Moderna vaccine shipments have arrived in Washoe County after being delayed due to winter storms on the East Coast.
The county also received this week’s shipment of the vaccines, health officials said in a press briefing Monday morning.
James English, regional operations chief of the county’s COVID response, said that they have increased the sizes of their Point of Dispensing (PODs) this week and next week to make use of the extra vaccine doses.
They will be able to accommodate both the general population and essential workers, he said.
“Due to last week’s delay, our state and local partners will be working overtime this week, delivering first and second doses as quickly as possible. We appreciate Nevadans’ patience as vaccine workers handle this logistical challenge and work hard to vaccinate with a limited supply,” said Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak in a tweet Monday morning.
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Approximately 10,000 to 11,000 seniors have not been vaccinated, according to Washoe County health officials.
However, some people signed up on the waiting list multiple times so it is difficult to know the exact number.
“Reaching out to the senior population is absolutely critical and we continue to ask for people’s help,” said Scott Oxarart, Washoe County Health District spokesman. “We know that they’re getting emails but we need them to follow the instructions on it so they can get themselves set up [for the vaccine].”
As of Sunday morning, there are a total of 42,610 COVID-19 cases and 640 deaths in Washoe County according to the Regional Information Center.
Across the state, there are a total of 291,145 COVID-19 cases and 4,872 deaths as of Monday morning according to data from Nevada Health Response.
Approximately 5.44% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.
Additional information about school and business resources, locations of vaccine providers and county specific vaccine plans can be found at www.ImmunizeNevada.org
Washoe County residents 65 and older can sign up for the vaccine waiting list at https://www.covid19washoevaccine.com/
A vaccine call center is also available to answer any questions or assist with scheduling appointments. The call center is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week and can be reached at 1-800-401-0946.
Kristin Oh is a public safety reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 775-420-1285. Please help support her work by subscribing.