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COVID boosters available in Nevada for all adults 

By: - November 19, 2021 9:51 am

In Nevada, 2,006,474 people or 65% of the state have received at least one dose, and 1,660,092 people or 53% of Nevada’s population have been fully vaccinated, as of November 17. (Photo by CDC on Unsplash)

State health officials announced Friday that all Nevada adults are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination booster shots, regardless of the brand of vaccination they received. 

“Boosters are recommended and available for those who received an initial series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines 6 months or more after the initial series is complete and those who received a Janssen vaccine are recommended to receive a booster dose 2 months or more after their initial vaccination,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release. 

The move comes as the Federal Drug Administration expands emergency use of mRNA vaccines Pfizer and Moderna beyond those 65 and older.  

The companies requested authorization last week, after a trial of more than 10,000 individuals found the boosters to be 95 percent effective in preventing symptomatic illness. 

Last month, the FDA recommended individuals who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine get  a booster after two months.  

“COVID-19 boosters are safe, effective, and free and individuals do not need identification or health insurance to access COVID-19 vaccines,” the state says.  

In Nevada, 2,006,474 people or 65% of the state have received at least one dose, and 1,660,092 people or 53% of Nevada’s population have been fully vaccinated, as of November 17. 

Individuals are not required to receive the same brand of vaccine in a booster as they did when originally vaccinated. Not all providers stock all brands of vaccine,

More information is available at NVCOVIDFighter.org or by calling 800-401-0946.

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.

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