Weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Community Newsletter – March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is providing a COVID-19 vaccine community newsletter in Washoe County to help educate residents on the mass vaccination effort by the COVID-19 Response Team and community partners.

Update from the COVID-19 Response Team

Providers in Washoe County have administered 140,824 COVID-19 vaccines overall (53,141 second doses), with 16,559 doses administered between March 4-March 9, 2021. Visit the State of Nevada’s vaccine dashboard to see more.

CDC Guidance on Gatherings for Fully Vaccinated Persons

The Washoe County Health District agrees with the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance for gatherings when all people in the gathering are fully vaccinated. It’s important to remember that roughly 11 percent of Washoe County residents have been fully vaccinated so far and we’re still waiting for more vaccine to dispense to the community. In the meantime, we urge people to take precautions when interacting with those outside their own household and wear masks and continue to socially distance.

For more information on the CDC’s guidelines for fully-vaccinated people, click here.

Statewide survey shows that 73% of Nevadans are likely to get COVID-19 vaccine, once available

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, Immunize Nevada and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, released the latest findings from an ongoing study to learn what Nevadans think about COVID-19 vaccines, and their acceptance toward taking the vaccine – once one is available to them. Racial and ethnic populations are showing an increase in the likelihood they will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more.

Can you choose which vaccine I want to receive? 

At this time, there is not an opportunity for residents to choose which of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines they receive. The vaccine that is available on the day of your appointment is the vaccine you will receive. Please remember that the COVID-19 vaccine is in limited supply, available by appointment only and must be distributed within a specific time frame otherwise it goes to waste.

Recommendations from the Washoe County Health District, the State and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention advise people to get any vaccine that is available as all are shown to prevent contracting COVID-19 and being hospitalized from it.

More COVID-19 vaccine invites go to individuals 65 years and older

Individuals 65 years and older are continuing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Those in the category can use the online Washoe County Senior Covid-19 Vaccine Sign Up Form or call 775-328-2427 for assistance with signing up. If you received an email with the opportunity to schedule an appointment, please follow the instructions in the email to sign up for an appointment. Just because you receive the email doesn’t mean you have an appointment – you must schedule it.

The following partners also have information on the vaccine for those 65 years and older:

It was announced this week that CVS will start administering COVID-19 vaccines in Nevada. More information will be provided on this when we receive it.

Mask On. Move On.

Even if you’ve received the vaccine, please continue to wear your masks, social distance and wash your hands.

For all COVID-19 Vaccine questions, please visit our regional website, www.COVID19WashoeVaccine.com.

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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.