En español | Who can get vaccinated now?
- Residents age 65 and older in some counties and those 70 plus through out the state (Tier 1)
- Residents and staff at long-term care facilities and health care workers (also Tier 1)
- Nevada is rolling out vaccines based on the needs of each county. Check here to find out who is eligible and where the vaccine is being rolled out in counties across the state.
Where can I get vaccinated?
- County vaccine locator: Use the county-wide database for vaccinations sites in your county and how to sign up. To be notified when you are eligible for a vaccine, fill out a survey from the state department of health and human services.
- Retail pharmacies: Walmart is vaccinating eligible Nevadans (find an appointments online). You’ll need to create an account with your name and email to get a vaccine through Walmart.
- Mass vaccination sites: The Las Vegas Convention Center is offering vaccinations for those needing their second dose to complete COVID-19 immunization. It has been set aside for people who received their first dose at a Southern Nevada Health District vaccination site and did not receive a second dose notification. Eligible Nevadans can call (702) 759-0850 to schedule an appointment or register online. Walk-ins are not permitted.
- The Nevada health department’s COVID-19 number is 1-800-401-0946 if you need help with vaccine eligibility and locations. can provide names and contact information for local vaccine providers. You can also sign up with COVIDVaxHelp@immunizenevada.org for alerts about when it’s your turn to get vaccinated.
- Vaccine supplies are limited and are available only to those now eligible. Most vaccine sites require you to schedule an appointment online or by phone. Appointments can be very hard to get, as available time slots are booked quickly, and you may experience long wait times on the phone. If a time slot is not available, you may be put on the site’s waiting list. Some people are signing up at multiple sites to increase chances of getting an appointment. Once you have a confirmed appointment, public health officials ask that you don’t schedule or confirm another with any other provider so that vaccine appointments stay open for others.
AARP recommends that you talk to your doctor about the safety, effectiveness, benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine. Older adults, especially those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes, are at increased risk for hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
What should I bring to my vaccination appointment?
Some vaccination sites ask for proof of identity or eligibility. Officials recommend that you bring a driver’s license or other state-issued ID that shows your name, age and state residency, and your health insurance card, if you have one. You will not be charged, but the vaccine provider may bill your insurer a fee for administering the vaccine.
If you are eligible due to an underlying medical condition or comorbidity, you may need a note from your doctor or some other form of proof. If you are eligible on the basis of your work, bring proof of employment such as a pay stub, badge or letter from your employer.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says to wear a mask at your appointment.
Who will be eligible to get vaccinated next?
Once all Nevadans age 65 plus are able to access the vaccine across the state, next in line are those age 16-64 with underlying conditions, disabilities and the homeless. The state's final phase will cover healthy adults 16 to 64 years old.
AARP is fighting for older Americans to be prioritized in getting one of the COVID-19 vaccines because the science shows that older people are at higher risk of death from the coronavirus.
How are nursing home and other long-term care residents get the vaccine?
Residents and staff of long-term care facilities are being vaccinated through a federal program that has contracted with CVS and Walgreens to offer the shots at such facilities at no cost. Nevada is participating in the program.
CVS and Walgreens have finished offering first doses to all staff and residents of nursing homes and are now giving second doses. They are also now offering first-dose clinics at assisted living facilities nationwide.
I’ve heard that some vaccines require a second shot.
The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna require two doses. If you get one of these, you’ll need a follow-up dose to be effectively immunized. The recommended second-shot date is three weeks after a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and four weeks for Moderna’s, but the CDC says an interval of up to six weeks is acceptable. You should get a card from your provider stating when and where to return for the second dose.
Nevadans can get text messaging reminders by enrolling in VaxText, a free service. By texting ENROLL to 1-833-VaxText (829-8398), vaccine recipients can opt in to get a weekly text reminder for their second dose or a reminder if they are overdue for their second dose. The service is available in English and Spanish.
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine requires just one shot.
It’s not yet known how long immunity from a coronavirus vaccine lasts and whether it needs to be administered on a regular basis like a flu shot.
Do I have to pay for the vaccination?
You should not have any out-of-pocket cost for getting the vaccine. AARP fought to make sure the federal government is covering the cost of the vaccine itself. Providers can recoup a fee for administering the shot, but not from consumers. They would be reimbursed by the patient’s insurance company or the government (in the case of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and the uninsured, for example).
According to Nevada's plan, COVID-19 vaccinations will be free. Providers can get reimbursed for an office visit from health insurance or through the Provider Relief Fund if uninsured. There are already reports of scammers purporting to offer COVID vaccines and treatments and trying to charge for them. AARP’s Fraud Watch Network is tracking the latest scams.
Should I still wear a mask after getting vaccinated?
Yes. Experts still need to learn more about the protection the vaccines provide under “real-life conditions,” the CDC says. It could take your body a few weeks to build up immunity after the second dose of a vaccine. And while the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are effective at preventing symptoms of COVID-19, it’s not yet clear whether someone who’s been vaccinated can still catch the virus and transmit it to others. The vaccine is just one tool that can help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The CDC says it could take months for the population to build up immunity, and the agency continues to recommend preventive measures such as face masks and social distancing.
In addition, it’s not yet clear how effective the vaccines are against new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus initially identified in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil and elsewhere, although they would still provide some protection.
This guide was originally published on Jan. 11 and was updated Feb. 27 with new information on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Also of Interest:
· What is emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments?
· How vaccination will work in nursing homes
· Read our full coronavirus coverage