Individuals 16+ with underlying health conditions now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Local pharmacies will be administering vaccines to residents who fall in this category

March 22, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – Starting today, Washoe County residents who are 16 years and older with an underlying health condition can start receiving COVID-19 vaccines by area pharmacies. The Washoe County Health District will continue to vaccinate eligible Nevadans within the Frontline/Essential Workforce Lane and individuals 65 years and older at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

Washoe County pharmacies in the Retail Pharmacy Program include:

Contact information and scheduling information for can be found on our website, here: https://www.covid19washoevaccine.com/pages/senior-vaccine.

The underlying health conditions that make an individual 16 years and older eligible, per the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions (heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies)
  • Immunocompromised (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI > 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 Diabetes mellitus

More information from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services can be found here. For other information on underlying health conditions and COVID-19 vaccines in Washoe County, please call the State’s COVID-19 call center at 1-800-401-0946. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Governor Steve Sisolak announced on March 17, 2021 that vaccination opportunities for that population would be eligible through the Retail Pharmacy Program. Local health authorities, which includes the Washoe County Health District, will continue to vaccinate only eligible Nevadans within the Frontline/Essential Workforce Lane and individuals 65 years and older.

IMPORTANT: Those who receive their vaccine at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center must have an appointment.

More information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Washoe County can be found on our website. https://www.covid19washoevaccine.com/

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.