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CDC, FDA Encourage COVID-19 Boosters for Anyone 16 Years and Older

Reno/Sparks, Nev. Dec. 9, 2021 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded COVID-19 booster recommendations to 16-and-17-year-olds.

“Today, CDC is strengthening its booster recommendations and encouraging everyone 16 and older to receive a booster shot. Although we don’t have all the answers on the Omicron variant, initial data suggests that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen the protection against Omicron and other variants,”  CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said. “We know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and I strongly encourage adolescents ages 16 and 17 to get their booster if they are at least 6 months post their initial Pfizer vaccination series.”

COVID-19 boosters are now authorized for anyone 16 years and older. To schedule a COVID-19 booster, go to www.vaccines.gov.

Several COVID-19 vaccine events specifically for those aged 5-11 coming soon

Several COVID-19 vaccine events specifically for those aged 5-11 coming soon

Dec. 8, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Washoe County School District is coordinating with the Washoe County Health District, Community Health Alliance and Immunize Nevada to host 13 COVID-19 vaccine clinics for ages 5-11.

In addition, Renown Health and the Health District are hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for those aged 5-11 today from 4-6 p.m. at 10315 Professional Circle in Reno. In total, there are 14 opportunities in the next 10 days for youth 5-11 to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Walk-ins are welcome to any of the below events, but appointments can be made by clicking on the link for each event. These events are only for those 5-11 years old, and the child does not have to attend the school where the vaccine event is being held. Second dose appointments will be held at the same site exactly three weeks later. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one authorized for those aged 5-11 and the dosage is one-third the size of a standard dose. For information on COVID-19 vaccinations for children and teens, go here. See all School District vaccine events here. All COVID-19 vaccines are free, no insurance is required and a parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to receive the vaccine.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

  • Health District/Renown Health, Hometown Health Building, 10315 Professional Cir, Reno, 4-6 p.m. – Appointments here

Monday, Dec. 13

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Thursday, Dec. 16

Friday, Dec. 17

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention endorsed the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 on Nov. 2, 2021 after the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization the week prior.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Washoe County, visit www.COVID19Washoe.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 Community Health Alliance and the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s.

Several COVID-19 vaccine events specifically for those aged 5-11 coming soon

Health District to host COVID-19 vaccine event for ages 5-11 years Saturday at 9 a.m.

Nov. 12, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) will administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to those aged 5-11 years at its 1001 E. 9th Street, Building B location on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

The Health District is expecting to administer around 400 vaccines after administering nearly 300 on Nov. 6.

What: COVID-19 vaccine for those 5-11 years old only (No vaccines for 12+ at this event)
When: Saturday, Nov. 13, 9-11 a.m. (County Complex gates open at 7 a.m.)
Where: Inside the main WCHD clinic at 1001 E. 9th Street, Building B (This is inside the Health District and not the drive-through service at Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center)
Note: No appointments necessary. Vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents must fill out paperwork on site and longer-than-usual wait times are expected.

Pertinent information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine for those 5-11 years old:

  • Only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for those aged 5-11
  • Two doses are recommended, with the second dose due three weeks after the first
  • The dosage for children aged 5-11 is 1/3rd the size of a standard Pfizer dose
  • The vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children aged 5-11
  • The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children ages 5-11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study
  • A parent or guardian must accompany a minor to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • More safety information can be found here.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention endorsed the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 on Nov. 2, 2021 after the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization the week prior.

Starting Sunday, Nov. 14, all WCHD Community Vaccine Events will have the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those 5-11 on a first-come, first-served basis and appointments are not required. See the schedule for WCHD community vaccine events here.

Those aged 5-11 can also get the COVID-19 vaccine at Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center every Wednesday and Friday from 9-11 a.m with the exception of Friday November 26th. No appointments are necessary; however, only 100 vaccines will be available.

Other locations that offer the vaccine to those aged 5-11 include some local pediatrician offices and pharmacies (find a vaccine provider here). Contact your pediatrician for any questions about the vaccine and to see if they administer the vaccine to those aged 5-11. Other options include Community Health Alliance and Renown Health.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Washoe County, visit www.COVID19Washoe.com.

The Washoe County Health District is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through the policy-making Washoe County District Board of Health. The District consists of five divisions: Administrative Health Services, Air Quality Management, Community and Clinical Health Services, Environmental Health Services and Epidemiology & Public Health Preparedness. More info can be found here.

CDC endorses Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those aged 5-11

CDC endorses Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those aged 5-11

Nov. 3, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 5 years and older after the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) authorized the use for those aged 5-11 on Tuesday.

The CDC endorsement comes a week after the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in youth 5-11.

Pertinent information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine for those 5-11 years old:

  • Only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for those aged 5-11
  • Two doses are recommended, with the second dose due three weeks after the first
  • The dosage for children aged 5-11 is 1/3rd the size of a standard Pfizer dose
  • The vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children aged 5-11
  • The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children ages 5-11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study
  • More safety information can be found here.

State and federal government officials are working with local pediatricians, pharmacies and health authorities to make the Pfizer age 5-11 COVID-19 vaccine available as soon as possible. Contact your pediatrician for any questions about the vaccine and to see if they administer the vaccine to those 5-11. Other options will become available at area pharmacies soon (find a vaccine provider here) as well as Community Health Alliance. A parent or guardian must accompany a minor to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Key dates for COVID-19 vaccine administration for those aged 5-11 at the Washoe County Health District

The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) received the pediatric COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday and will begin administering it for those aged 5-11 starting Saturday, Nov. 6 on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents must fill out paperwork on site and longer-than-usual wait times are expected.

Below are some key dates for parents interested in having their child vaccinated for COVID-19.

  • Saturday, Nov. 6 & Nov. 13 — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at inside the main clinic at 1001 E. 9th Street, Building B
    • This is inside the Health District and not the drive-through service at Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center
    • First come, first served – no appointments required
    • About 300 vaccines will be available for 5-11
    • Vaccines will also be given to those 12+

     

    • All other COVID-19 vaccines (first/second dose, booster, third/fourth dose for immunocompromised) and brands (Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)) will be available. See the schedule for WCHD community vaccine events here.

    Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) booster appointments can now be made at Livestock Events Center, Community Vaccine Events

    All three COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) are now available as boosters in Washoe County and appointments are available through this scheduling platform.

    Per the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), eligible people can receive any of the three vaccines as a booster, which has been referred to a “mix and match” approach, though the CDC or FDA did not recommend one over another. Residents with health concerns should seek guidance from their doctor.

    Per the CDC, those who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series are eligible for a single dose booster if they are:

    Those who received the Janssen vaccine are eligible for boosters if they are:

    • At least 2 months from completion of previous dose
    • Age 18+

    Residents who want a booster can find a provider by clicking on this link, which includes most pharmacy locations in the area. Community Health Alliance is providing Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters at its health centers and already has Pfizer boosters available, which were authorized in September.

    As of 12/20/2021 WCHD is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 5-11 Monday through Friday except for Holidays.

    Vaccines will be given at the Washoe County Health District Building B. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 775-328-2427

    You can also visit our community vaccine events page to find other vaccine locations to schedule an appointment.  Walk-ins are always welcome at our community events.

      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.

      Several COVID-19 vaccine events specifically for those aged 5-11 coming soon

      900th COVID-19-related death reported in Washoe County

      Oct. 27, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting the 900th COVID-19-related death in Washoe County.

      This week alone there have been nine COVID-19-related deaths with two of those nine being in their 40s and both were unvaccinated (of the nine, seven were unvaccinated and two were fully vaccinated). It has been 44 days since the 800th COVID-19-related death was reported among Washoe County residents. The first COVID-19-related death was reported March 29, 2020 (577 days ago).

      “This is a tragic reminder that COVID-19 is still negatively impacting us in Washoe County,” said Kevin Dick, District Health Officer. “With the holiday season approaching and COVID-19 not showing signs of letting up, we strongly encourage everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine.”

      COVID-19 cases in Washoe County have trended upwards in the past week. The 7-day moving average for new COVID-19 cases is at 125.1; it was at 102.9 on Oct. 17.

      Caution advised for upcoming holiday events and gatherings

      The Washoe County Health District is advising caution for residents celebrating Nevada Day, Halloween, Día de los Muertos and more as COVID-19 transmission is still high currently. Residents should continue to practice COVID-19 precautionary measures and refrain from attending or hosting large indoor events.

      Per the Governor’s Office, masks are required at indoor public places and crowded outdoor events. Kids who are trick-or-treating are encouraged to wear masks. Those who are susceptible to complications due to COVID-19 should avoid interaction with members outside their household.

      More information on safe holiday gatherings can be found here.

      Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine boosters are authorized

      All three COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen-J&J) are now available as boosters in Washoe County. Per the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), eligible people can receive any of the three vaccines as a booster regardless of previous vaccine type received, which has been referred to a “mix and match” approach, though the CDC or FDA did not recommend one over another. Residents with health concerns should seek guidance from their doctor.

      Those in Washoe County who are eligible should seek out opportunities at area pharmacies by going to www.vaccines.gov.

      Per the CDC, those who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series are eligible for a single dose booster if they are:

      Those who received the Janssen vaccine are eligible for boosters if they are:

      • At least 2 months from completion of previous dose
      • Age 18+

      Residents who want a booster can find a provider by clicking on this link, which includes most pharmacy locations in the area. Community Health Alliance is providing Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters at its health centers and already has Pfizer boosters available, which were authorized in September.

      Walk-ins for the booster doses of Moderna and Janssen vaccine are allowed at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center but space is limited. Some residents might be turned away if there is no space available. This process will remain until the state’s vaccine schedule tool is updated to accept booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson appointments, which is expected in mid November.

      Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center POD Hours

      • Wednesdays & Fridays
      • Hours are 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
      • Due to Nevada Day, POD is closed Oct. 29-30

      Appointments for the Pfizer booster are available now at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Boosters will be administered at our Community Vaccine Events –  see the schedule here. Please bring your vaccine card.

      First and second doses remain available for all residents by using the same sign-up form. You can also call the Washoe County COVID Call Center at 775-328-2427.

      Those with questions about their vaccination card should request that information through WebIZ. When you arrive at RSLEC, you will fill out paperwork self-attesting to your eligibility.

      Difference between ‘booster’ and ‘third dose’

      The third, or additional, dose is for people who are immunocompromised or immunodeficient. It’s likely those in this category did not receive the same amount of protection from the first series of vaccine doses and a third dose is needed to increase antibodies to reach levels similar to those who are not immunocompromised or immunodeficient.

      A booster, meanwhile, is for those outlined in the eligibility criteria listed above who need increased antibody levels to maintain proper immune response as the vaccine protection wanes over time.

      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.

      CDC approves Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 boosters

      CDC approves Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 boosters

      Oct. 22, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now authorized for residents of Washoe County after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed it on Thursday night.

      All three COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) are now available as boosters in Washoe County. Per the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), eligible people can receive any of the three vaccines as a booster, which has been referred to a “mix and match” approach, though the CDC or FDA did not recommend one over another. Residents with health concerns should seek guidance from their doctor.

      Per the CDC, those who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series are eligible for a single dose booster if they are:

      Those who received the Janssen vaccine are eligible for boosters if they are:

      • At least 2 months from completion of previous dose
      • Age 18+

      “The COVID-19 booster adds an extra layer of protection that is recommended for those who are at-risk of serious complications due to COVID-19,” said Kevin Dick, District Health Officer in Washoe County. “We encourage those who are eligible to get the booster as soon as they are able.”

      Residents who want a booster can find a provider by clicking on this link, which includes most pharmacy locations in the area. Community Health Alliance is providing Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters starting Monday at its health centers and already has Pfizer boosters available, which were authorized in September.

      Starting Wednesday walk-in appointments will be available for the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) boosters at Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. The walk-in process will remain until the state’s vaccine schedule tool is updated to accept Moderna and Johnson & Johnson appointments, which is expected in November.

      Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center Hours

      • Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
      • Hours are 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
      • Due to Nevada Day, POD is closed Oct. 29-30

      Appointments for the Pfizer booster are available now at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Boosters will be administered at our Community Vaccine Events –  see the schedule here. Please bring your vaccine card.

      The FDA provided data from the trials used to make their recommendation for boosters –  see that data and information here. The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson boosters are the same sized dose as the first or second dose while the Moderna booster is half the size of the first and second dose.

      “We have to protect those who are most susceptible to hospitalization or death from COVID-19,” Dick said. “For those who are not eligible for a booster or third dose, that is a good thing because studies are showing that for that portion of the population the COVID-19 vaccine is doing its job to protect you from serious illness from COVID-19.”

      First and second doses remain available for all residents by using the same sign-up form. You can also call the Washoe County COVID Call Center at 775-328-2427.

      Those with questions about their vaccination card should request that information through WebIZ. When you arrive at RSLEC, you will fill out paperwork self-attesting to your eligibility.

      Difference between ‘booster’ and ‘third dose’

      The third, or additional, dose is for people who are immunocompromised or immunodeficient. It’s likely those in this category did not receive the same amount of protection from the first series of vaccine doses and a third dose is needed to increase antibodies to reach levels similar to those who are not immunocompromised or immunodeficient.

      A booster, meanwhile, is for those outlined in the eligibility criteria listed above who need increased antibody levels to maintain proper immune response as the vaccine protection wanes over time.

      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.