Weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Community Newsletter – April 16, 2021

Appointments are available for the free COVID-19 vaccine

April 16, 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 264,294 COVID-19 vaccines overall (103,258 fully vaccinated). Visit the State of Nevada’s vaccine dashboard to see more.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, starting April 28, 2021.

Click here to sign up and make sure to put in your zip code so that only appointments at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center show up. Also make sure to scroll through multiple days to find an appointment that works for you. More than 4,000 appointments are available.

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine

You may have heard that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommended a pause on the use of the Janssen vaccine out of an abundance of caution. The agencies reported six cases nationwide of a rare blood clotting condition. Because of that recommendation, residents who were scheduled to receive the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine will now receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine instead.

Those residents who have received the Janssen vaccine in Washoe County are encouraged to monitor their symptoms and be in contact with your doctor on your health status. According to the CDC, adverse events appear to be extremely rare. There have been no associated issues with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

All Nevadans 16 years and older now eligible

All Nevadans 16 years of age and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Free vaccination opportunities are available through the Washoe County Health District, the Retail Pharmacy Program and participating healthcare providers

Homebound vaccine appointments available

The Washoe County Health District is providing COVID-19 vaccines to homebound residents.

People age 16 years and older who are homebound, including those who require a taxing effort to leave home, require assistance of another to leave the house or are bedridden, can call 775-328-2427 or email covidvaccine@washoecounty.us to sign up.

Residents urged to fill out screening questionnaire before COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Livestock Events Center

If you are scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (RSLEC), please be sure to fill out the screening questionnaire the day prior to your appointment.

The link to fill out the questionnaire only takes a few minutes and is emailed and texted to residents who sign up for a vaccine at RSLEC.

Residents are also asked to bring their confirmation email with the QR code on it by either printing it out or having it available on your smart phone. A QR code is a square, secure bar code that is located on the appointment confirmation email you receive after you schedule an appointment.

Filling out the questionnaire beforehand could speed up the time it takes to receive the vaccine by 20-30 minutes.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments at RSLEC are available the week of April 19. Click here to schedule.

Retail Pharmacy Providers:

Check with each resource individually, and often. These are appointment availabilities are separate from using the Washoe County Health District scheduling tool above.  

In addition, Sparks Fire Department will be hosting public clinics next week. Information about the clinics can be found here.

Free Uber Rides to Vaccine Appointments

RTC is partnering with Uber to provide free Uber rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination appointments through the RTC Washoe Uber Pilot Program. Once enrolled in the pilot program, participants can get up to four free Uber rides ($35 off each trip) to and from vaccination appointments. This promotion started on April 14 and runs through September 30, 2021.

For more details about how to apply for this program, please click here or contact RTC Paratransit Analyst Susi Trinidad at (775) 332-2173 or strinidad@rtcwashoe.com.

3 Million Reasons

There isn’t just one reason to get the vaccine, but instead more than 3 million reasons. By getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you are protecting yourself and your fellow 3 million Nevadans. Share your reason for getting the COVID-19 vaccine on social media and use the ‪#3millionreasons hashtag.

Mask On. Get Your Vaccine. Move On.

We want Washoe County to open back up just as much as you do.  That’s why it’s so important to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment if you haven’t already done so. And please remember that there is still a statewide mandate on wearing face coverings in public.

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.