COVID-19 Vaccine

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The Washoe County Regional COVID-19 Response Team is planning for a county-wide distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, in coordination with state and federal partners.

Read Nevada’s Playbook for Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Operations here

The state recently re-categorized its priority order for the COVID-19 vaccine and removed its tier-based system.

cov-vac-priority-lanes.pngThe current priority group to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is:

  • Educators (pre-K & K-12) and Childcare — public/private/charter school settings

Those already eligible for vaccination include:

  • Hospital and frontline public health workers
  • Long-term care/assisted-living staff & residents
  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospital Staff
  • Emergency Medical Services Personnel
  • Frontline Public Health Workforce and Volunteers
  • Laboratory Workers
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
  • Outpatient and Home Health Providers
  • Nevada Department of Corrections Staff
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Personnel
  • Deployed and mission-critical personnel who play an essential role in national security
  • State and Local Emergency Operations Managers and Staff
If you are eligble for the COVID-19 vaccine, contact your employer to schedule an appointment. The Health District cannot schedule for a vaccine at this. 

Who's next to receive the COVID-19?

The State recently instituted prioritization lanes to determine the order for who will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The two lanes, Frontline/Essential Workforce and General Population, will run at the same time. 

The Regional COVID-19 Response Team is currently tasked with providing the vaccine to Frontline/Essential Workforce and the buckets or groups that fall under that lane. The COVID-19 Response Team is supporting community organizations like our hospitals, fire departments, REMSA and other medical professionals to vaccinate the general population. The priority for Frontline/Essential Worforce includes:

  • Education (Pre-K & K-12) and Childcare – public/private/charter school settings
  • Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Frontline Educators, Staff and Students
  • Community Support Frontline Staff (i.e. frontline workers who support food, shelter, court/legal and social services, and other necessities of life for needy groups and individuals)
  • Continuity of Governance (State and Local)
  • Essential Public Transportation
  • Remaining Essential Public Health Workforce
  • Mortuary Services

Frontline Supply Chain & Logistics

  • Agriculture & Food Processing
  • End-to-End Essential Goods Supply Chain (includes manufacturing, transport, distribution and sale of essential items)
  • Utilities and Communications Infrastructure
  • Nevada Department of Transportation and Local Emergency Road Personnel
  • Frontline Airport Operations
  • Other essential Transportation

Frontline Commerce & Service Industries

  • Food Service and Hospitality
  • Hygiene Products and Services
  • Depository Credit Institution Workforce

Frontline Infrastructure

  • Infrastructure, Shelter, Housing (Construction)
  • Essential Mining Operations


  • Community Support Administrative Staff
  • NSHE Students living in campus-sponsored residential settings
  • NSHE Remaining Workforce

General Population

For the general population, which is still being finalized on when these vaccinations will occur and by who, consists of the following priority:

  • Nevadans 70 years & older
  • Nevadans 65-69 years
  • Nevadans 16-64 with underlying conditions
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Nevadans experiencing homelessness
  • Healthy Adults, 16-64

*NDOC Inmates & Transitional Offender Group Housing – NDOC inmates will be vaccinated following the same tiered prioritization as the general public.

For more information, see the Nevada COVID-19 Playbook.

Is the vaccine safe? 

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed their concurrent and thorough review of the federal process and has confirmed the Pfizer Vaccine is safe and efficacious. They will continue to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines after they are routed through FDA authorization.

The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in people aged 16 years and older for the prevention of COVID-19. 

What You Need to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program

You need two doses of the currently available COVID-19 vaccine. A second shot 3-4 weeks after your first shot (depending on which vaccine you get) is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer.

Once the vaccine is widely available, the plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers offering COVID-19 vaccines in doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.

More about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program

For more information about mRNA vaccinations, please go here.