Clark County hits COVID vaccine milestone as booster availability moves forward across the valley – KLAS – 8 News Now

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County has hit a milestone with 70 percent of people 12 and older receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 70 percent was the original goal the county set in order to reopen businesses by June 1st before that goal was lowered.

“This achievement is a demonstration of how committed our community members are to taking care of
themselves and each other,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada
Health District. “It is also a reflection of the hard work of our staff and response partners.”

To date, the Health District has administered 2,486,149 total doses of the vaccine. More than 75 percent
of people 18 years of age have initiated vaccination. The Health District is reporting 1,173,320
vaccinations have been completed. More than 62 percent of adults have completed vaccination and
more than 57 percent of those eligible have completed vaccination.

The Health District says the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, doctors also urge wearing masks, frequent handwashing, and staying home while sick.

The COVID-19 booster will be available to those who have completed their two-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine. Those eligible must be 65 years and older.

Las Vegan, Maria Paz says she is happy a booster is being offered.

“I think it is wonderful,” said Paz. “Since I am a diabetic and older, I am considering getting the third shot.”

Those 18 to 64 can get their booster if they have jobs that put them at risk for exposure to the coronavirus and those with underlying conditions like Sharlene Borache, however, she doesn’t know if she wants it.

“I don’t know what difference it is going to make,” shared Borache. “Not enough people have gotten it for me to make a decision on how many people are benefitting from it and how many people are not,” she added.

While Sharlene may be hesitant, thousands of Nevadans who received their second dose of Pfizer at least six months ago — can start rolling up their sleeve.

Beginning Friday, October 1, and continuing through Saturday, October 25, the Health District will offer
expanded evening and weekend COVID-19 vaccine clinic hours at its 280 S. Decatur Blvd. Southern
Nevada Community Health Center:

  • Friday and Monday: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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