Hotline to help seniors schedule COVID vaccine

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Clark County Commissioner Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick speaks during a Jan. 19 ceremony at the county government center honoring those who died from from COVID-19. (Photo by Ronda Churchill/Nevada Current)
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Clark County Commissioner Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick speaks during a Jan. 19 ceremony at the county government center honoring those who died from from COVID-19. (Photo by Ronda Churchill/Nevada Current)

Southern Nevada seniors who lack access to a computer or the know-how to navigate the web can pick up the phone to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Clark County Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. The toll-free number is 1-800-401-0946.  The line is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. 

She said the county is working with its senior centers to help identify individuals who need the vaccine, adding those who are homebound present unique challenges.  

Kirkpatrick and U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford toured vaccination sites in Southern Nevada Thursday morning and later briefed the media on efforts to get federal resources into the state to assist the effort.  

Horsford announced 130 FEMA “Blue Star” medical personnel were “on the ground” in Southern Nevada, training for their mission to assist in administering the vaccine.  

Kirkpatrick said the county has the capacity to administer 92,000 vaccinations a week, but allocations have fallen far below that number. 

Horsford committed not only to streamlining the vaccination process but also ensuring Nevada gets its fair share.  

Nevada has ranked near the bottom of the U.S. when it comes to vaccines received per 100,000 residents.  Horsford said White House officials confirmed Wednesday that allocations to states are based on the U.S. Census and its most recent update in 2017-18.  

Horsford says local governments will be given “three week timelines” to assist with planning. He says the state will be permitted to transfer doses originally allocated to long-term care facilities and pharmacies to the “general pool supply,” to guard against waste.

Vaccinations are currently available for:

  • Health Care Workforce (previously known as Tier 1)
  • 70 years old and over
  • Public Safety & Security
  • Frontline Community Support (those who support food, shelter, court/legal and social services, and other necessities of life for needy groups and individuals)

The Nevada COVID-19 Playbook V3 has details on vaccine prioritization.  

Kirkpatrick said officials are planning to inoculate educators in the coming weeks, as they plan to return to the classroom.

Vaccination appointments can be booked online via the Southern Nevada Health District website, which has links to government sites as well as retail locations such as Walgreens and Smiths. Appointments for free vaccines can also be booked via Immunize Nevada.

Dana Gentry
Senior Reporter | 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, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.