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Nevada is still trailing much of the nation when it comes to vaccinating its population, but state leaders say that will soon change.
As of Tuesday, Nevada had administered 194,430 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a state press briefing Wednesday morning. So far, Nevada has vaccinated about 4.9% of the state’s population, according to USA TODAY, which is only better than five other states.
Despite the slow roll out, state health officials said Wednesday that they have seen improvements with the federal government’s assistance with vaccine distribution.
The state will begin to see an increase in the availability for the Moderna vaccine in its ordering system, said Candice McDaniel, a public health official with the state. She said officials are still waiting for the system to update order availability for the Pfizer vaccine.
McDaniel added that states should be able to see vaccine allocations for up to three weeks in advance. This change is not reflected in the system yet.
“This will greatly help us with planning purposes and operations on the ground,” McDaniel said, “We appreciate that (the federal government) is being proactive and collaborative and we also appreciate that they understand predictability is important to us.”
Nevada is also ordering all first doses that are available to the state, said Caleb Cage, Nevada COVID-19 Response Director. State health officials will order the exact number of second doses as needed.
This comes two days after Gov. Steve Sisolak wrote a letter to the acting Health and Human Services Secretary, Norris Cochran, regarding Nevada’s allocation for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Nevada was on the bottom of the list when receiving vaccines from the federal government.
Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on www.ImmunizeNevada.org. The website includes where Nevadans can find vaccine providers, business and school resources, register to volunteer and view county-specific vaccine plans.
As of Jan. 25, Community Health Alliance’s vaccine clinics are operating by appointment only and based on the vaccine availability.
On Wednesday morning, the Nevada Health Response reported 1,020 new COVID-19 cases and 46 additional deaths. There are a total of 273, 873 COVID-19 cases and 4,134 COVID-19 related deaths in the state.