Jan. 12, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is providing a COVID-19 vaccine update in Washoe County to help educate residents on the mass vaccination effort by the COVID-19 Response Team. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers from the Washoe County Health District:

  • COVID-19 Vaccines Received in Washoe County total: 22,760
  • Vaccines administered by the Health District today: 386
  • Vaccines administered by the Health District total: 8,708
  • Vaccines received by the Health District this week: 2,870
  • Vaccines on hand with Health District: 2,970
  • Vaccines given to community partners: 11,030
  • Vaccines administered by City of Reno (Reno Fire Department): 450
  • Vaccines administered by REMSA: 277
  • Vaccines administered by the City of Sparks (Police Department and Fire Department): 130

Here are three important updates for the COVID-19 vaccine response in Washoe County.

  1. Governor Steve Sisolak addressed Nevadans last night and outlined new direction for COVID-19 vaccine distribution with an update to the Nevada COVID-19 Playbook (see the brief version here). The state is moving away from the tier-based structure and moving to lane-based structure. The two lanes are Frontline/Essential Workforce and the General Population. A breakdown of those groups can be found here. The governor also extended the state-wide pause for another 30 days – see the list of current statewide mitigation measures in place.
  1. One of the announcements made by the Governor included bumping up the priority for those 70 years and older to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine. The Washoe County COVID-19 Response Team has been tasked to vaccinate groups under Frontline/Essential Workforce, and the process to administer vaccines for 70 and up is being worked on by the State of Nevada and medical partners in Washoe County. The 70 and older population is at a much higher risk of complications due to COVID-19 and it’s urgent that this population be vaccinated as soon as possible. The state and community partners are currently working to plan out specific details on when that population can start receiving vaccinations, but until that time it’s asked that everyone remain patient. Recent Census data indicates that 16.8 percent of the total population in Washoe County is 65 and older (over 79,000 people). The logistical effort to ensure everyone is vaccinated in that group is enormous and it will take some time for it to be organized. We appreciate your patience and we will continue to provide updates through this email update and on our website, COVID19Washoe.com when it becomes available.
  1. The Regional Information Center will soon launch a new COVID-19 vaccine website in the coming days that will include a dashboard with updated statistics. In the meantime, go here for COVID-19 vaccine information in Washoe County. Other vaccines updates from some of our community partners:

The COVID-19 Regional Information Center is working together to deliver COVID-19 community updates in a unified manner. While press releases are only sent periodically for significant events, you can always get daily results on our website, https://covid19washoe.com/, our COVID-19 Dashboard or by following us on Twitter @COVID19Washoe. The entities include: City of Reno, City of Sparks, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Regional Transportation Commission, REMSA, Reno Sparks Indian Colony, Reno Police Department, Reno Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District, Washoe County School District and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Also in the group are the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s.