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Health District honors National Guard members, celebrates vaccine milestone

By ThisIsReno

Washoe County Health District (WCHD) on Friday honored the months-long efforts of Nevada National Guard members at the community’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination site. Guard members have helped to operate the drive-through site since they were activated by the governor on April 1, 2020.

Operations at the vaccination site at Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center are winding down and will close after Dec. 17.

The activation during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the largest and lengthiest for the National Guard in the state’s 160-year history.

Washoe County Health District’s Jim English with members of the Nevada National Guard who worked to support COVID-19 testing and vaccination at the county’s operation center from April 2020 through Dec. 17, 2021. Image: WCHD

During the more than 20 months of the activation Guard members have taken on a variety of tasks, including contact tracing, operational support and food distribution.

Health District officials celebrated a second event last week with the 200,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered by WCHD staff. The shot was given to 9-year-old Levi, who was also given a balloon and a $25 Visa gift card to recognize the milestone.

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