Washoe County COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Washoe County, located in northern Nevada, has been actively working to provide its residents with COVID-19 vaccines since vaccines became available. The county’s health district has been coordinating with local healthcare providers, pharmacies, and community organizations to ensure that everyone who wants a vaccine can get one.
Here is some key information about COVID-19 vaccines in Washoe County:
Availability of Vaccines
As of March 2023, COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in Washoe County. Residents who are 5 years old or older can receive a vaccine at no cost, regardless of their insurance or immigration status.
The vaccine is available at pharmacies, healthcare providers, community clinics, and the Washoe County Health District’s clinics. Appointments may be required at some locations, while others may offer walk-in appointments. The Washoe County Health District also provides pop-up clinics in areas with low vaccination rates.
Types of Vaccines
The three COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson – are all available in Washoe County. All three vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose. The vaccines may have different side effects, and residents are encouraged to talk to their healthcare provider about which vaccine is right for them.
The Washoe County Health District has been working to distribute vaccines as equitably as possible. The county has prioritized high-risk populations, such as healthcare workers, first responders, and residents of long-term care facilities, and has also been working to vaccinate underserved communities.
The health district has partnered with community organizations, including churches and cultural centers, to provide education about vaccines and to distribute vaccines in areas with low vaccination rates. The county has also provided transportation to vaccine appointments for residents who do not have their own transportation.
Vaccine Information Resources
Residents who are interested in getting vaccinated can find more information on the Washoe County Health District’s website. The website includes information on vaccine eligibility, how to make an appointment, and what to expect at a vaccine appointment.
The health district also has a COVID-19 hotline that residents can call for information about vaccines and other COVID-19 related topics. Additionally, residents can sign up for email or text alerts about vaccine availability and other COVID-19 updates.
Washoe County has made COVID-19 vaccines widely available to residents who want them. The county’s health district has been working to distribute vaccines equitably and has partnered with community organizations to provide education and outreach to underserved populations. Residents can find more information about vaccines on the health district’s website or by calling the COVID-19 hotline. If you live in Washoe County and haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, we encourage you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you.