How to be notified when it’s your turn for the COVID vaccine in Nevada

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In this Dec. 14, 2020, file photo, Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester, in the Queens borough of New York.

Tue, Jan 12, 2021 (2 a.m.)

Nevada isn’t offering appointments or pre-registration for the public to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Rather, the state asks you to complete a survey to be notified when you become eligible.

Nevada is initially working to vaccinate the health care community, first responders and residents of long-term care facilities. After that, providers will be directed to concurrently vaccinate high-risk groups — including residents with underlying conditions and front-line workers the state deems essential, such as teachers, service industry workers, state legislators and mining industry workers.

Changes to the plan, announced Monday by Gov. Steve Sisolak, also include lowering the age threshold for priority distribution from 75 to 70.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Nevada has one of lowest coronavirus vaccination rates in the country with 58,651 Nevadans having received the first dose. The state has vaccinated about 1,900 people per 100,000 residents as of midday Monday, joining nine other states — including neighboring California, Arizona and Idaho — at the bottom with 1,001-2,000 out of 100,000 residents vaccinated, according to the CDC.

The CDC says 205,200 doses have been delivered to Nevada.

At the Monday news conference, Sisolak expressed frustration with the slower-than-expected vaccine rollout.

“Similar to every other state that has been tasked with completely running the largest vaccination program in history, there have been challenges. Instead of ignoring or denying the challenges we face, we will be committed to identifying them and finding solutions,” he said.

A total of 8,987,322 residents of the United States have received their initial dose. In total, 25,480,725 vaccines have been delivered to states.

In the past week, Nevada has broken records for single-day coronavirus case counts and death tolls and 80% of the state's staffed hospital beds are occupied.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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