Vaccine volunteers at work in southern Nevada as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Vaccine volunteers at work in southern Nevada as COVID-19 cases continue to rise
A Reno Fire Department employee administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a Reno resident on April 24, 2021. Image: Ty O'Neil / This Is Reno

LAS VEGAS – Volunteers are working to ensure all southern Nevada residents know that COVID-19 vaccine is available and free. Operation Get Out The Vaccine (GOTVax) is supported by volunteers who are ensuring their neighbors are able to receive coronavirus vaccines. 

This operation is providing resources, promotion and support for the work being done by Clark County and its cities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is also providing staff support and resources. 

Only 44% of Nevadans are fully vaccinated. Clark County is reporting hundreds of new COVID-19 cases each day and the area comprises most of the state’s deaths from the coronavirus disease — 4,636 out of 5,837 statewide.

“Thank you to our many local volunteers who have answered the call to serve our community. It is an honor to be part of this response knowing there are so many individuals working to protect the health of their neighbors and all Clark County residents and visitors,” said GOTVax Incident Commander Sharon Luce. “The support of our federal partners has been unmatched as we all strive to slow COVID-19 and make sure everyone knows where they can get a shot.” 

The GOTVax operation has 47 local volunteers, 95 FEMA staff and 19 State staff including members of the Division of Emergency Management and Department of Health and Human Services.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available for all those 12 years of age and older and is free for everyone. Insurance is not required. 

Get information at NVCOVIDFighter.org or call the hotline at 800-401-0946. 

SOURCE: Nevada Governor’s Office