COVID-19 vaccines update in Washoe County – Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

More COVID-19 vaccine options available for seniors

Jan. 19, 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 and community partners.

The Washoe County Health District received 6,025 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

From the shipment, 3,100 doses were Moderna and 2,925 were Pfizer.

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

COVID-19 vaccine administration update

Below is a list of some organizations in Northern Nevada that have been administering vaccines and how many they have administered as of January 18:

  • Renown Health, more than 12,000
  • Washoe County Health District, 10,648
  • VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (employees and Veteran patients), 2,040
  • Saint Mary’s, 2,000
  • Northern Nevada Medical Center, 1,100
  • Community Health Alliance, 420
  • City of Reno, 620
  • REMSA, 298
  • Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue, 250 (*Updated after email went out, 4:45 p.m., 1/19/21)
  • Incline Village Community Hospital, 185
  • City of Sparks, 170
  • North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, 110

Opportunities grow for seniors to receive COVID-19 vaccines

The State of Nevada and local pharmacies announced a few more options for seniors 70 years and older to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition to Renown Health and Saint Mary’s distributing vaccine, Smith’s and Walgreens have options as well:

The Regional COVID-19 response announced last week a waiting list for seniors to join when more vaccine becomes available. More than 1,800 have been randomly selected from the list so far. More will be selected soon and will be announced on our website.

The waiting list has more than 27,000 submissions as of today.

State of Nevada issues technical bulletin on California issue with Moderna vaccine

The Washoe County Health District received Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Nevada that was in the same lot as a shipment in California that reportedly was causing higher than usual allergic reactions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to continue using the vaccine. The State of Nevada issued a technical bulletin that said counties that have vaccines in that same lot should have patients wait 30 minutes after their vaccine to ensure no reactions occur.

The State noted that Nevada, Washington and other cities in California also received vaccine in that lot and no significant issues were reported. Approximately 770 people from the Washoe County Point of Dispensing site received the vaccine yesterday and no allergic reactions were reported.

All individuals who receive the COVID-19 vaccine are advised to provide updates on reactions and how they’re feeling to the V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker. Since the Health District began administering the vaccine on Dec. 23, no significant or severe reactions to either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine have been reported.

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.