Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services officials today said COVID-19 booster shots for all Nevada adults are now available following approval by the Food and Drug Administration earlier in the day.
Washoe County Health District officials on Wednesday said they were prepared to provide the booster to those newly eligible as soon as it was approved.
“We’ve got plenty of the Pfizer on hand to be able to handle any surge in demand that comes out of [the booster dose approval],” said WCHD’s Kevin Dick. “We also have it widely available through the community, not just here at the health district.”
The single booster is for adults 18 years or older of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Individuals can get a booster dose at least six months after completion of the two-dose series of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or at least two months after vaccination with the single-dose Janssen vaccine. The CDC previously approved mix-and-match vaccines for booster doses.
The booster dose is different from the third dose of vaccine that’s been approved for people who are immunocompromised. Johns Hopkins Medicine has more information here.
WCHD has relied on the state’s vaccine scheduling system to book appointments for COVID vaccines and updates to the site have taken one to two weeks with each new approval. For this round of vaccine updates, the scheduling site was updated overnight. Walk-ins are also accepted at the WCHD’s POD at Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center.
In previous media briefings officials have also suggested scheduling to get the vaccine at a local pharmacy, which might be faster.
Kristen Hackbarth is a freelance editor and communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience working in marketing, public relations and communications in northern Nevada. Kristen graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in photography and minor in journalism and has a Master of Science in Management and Leadership. She also serves as director of communications for Nevada Cancer Coalition, a statewide nonprofit. Though she now lives in Atlanta, she is a Nevadan for life and uses her three-hour time advantage to get a jump on the morning’s news.