Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are both approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
****If you are over age 50, you are encouraged to get a fourth (4th) booster shot.***
Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster shots are available at area clinics and recommended for all eligible individuals. Those who received their initial Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are encouraged to get booster shots six months after receiving the second shot for the initial vaccination process. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are recommended to get a booster shot as soon as two months after completing the initial full vaccination process. Booster shots are available at valley wide clinics and pharmacies, through the SNHD website, and more information is at NVCovidFighter.org. Appointments are not required at all locations, but are recommended. Vaccination is recommended for ages 5 and older. Find vaccine FACTS below along with flyers listing vaccine clinics at Clark County Government locations.
COVID-19 Vaccines & Children
The Southern Nevada Health District will begin having vaccinations for children 6 months and older Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Check the district website for information, updates and vaccine clinic locations.
Children age 6 months to 4 years will need to receive a 3-dose shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: The first and second doses are separated by three to eight weeks and the second and third doses are separated by at least eight weeks. For people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system), the first and second doses are separated by three weeks, and the second and third doses are separated by at least eight weeks.
5 Years and Older: 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech in the primary series, given 3–8 weeks apart. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system) should get a 3rd dose at least 4 weeks after their 2nd dose in the primary series.
The Southern Nevada Health District is offering Pfizer BioNTech pediatric doses beginning Wednesday, June 22, 2022, for children 6 months and older. Vaccines are currently available for children 5 and older. Visit the Health District’s website for community clinic sites.
The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect children from getting COVID-19. Children may be at lower risk than adults of becoming seriously ill, but it is still possible. The vaccine is safe, effective and free.
The CDC is now recommending COVID-19 vaccination for children 6 months and older and booster shots for everyone 5 years old and older, if eligible.
Extensive clinical trials were conducted by scientists before recommendations were made to provide COVID-19 vaccination for children. The FDA gave the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 emergency authorization to use in children ages 5-15 years old and full approval to use in people ages 16 years and older. The benefits of vaccination for children outweigh known and potential risks. Learn more about the process of developing, authorizing, and approving COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines are being monitored for safety with the most comprehensive and intense safety monitoring program in U.S. history. CDC monitors the safety of all COVID-19 vaccines after the vaccines are authorized or approved for use, including the risk of myocarditis in children ages 5 through 11 years.
- Your child may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including flu vaccine, at the same time.
- Serious health events after COVID-19 vaccination are rare.
- Cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the outer lining of the heart) have been reported after Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination of children ages 12–17 years. These reactions are rare; in one study, the risk of myocarditis after the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech in the week following vaccination was around 54 cases per million doses administered to males ages 12–17 years.
- A severe allergic reaction, like anaphylaxis, may happen after any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, but this is rare.
- Your child cannot get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine, including the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine. Learn more about how mRNA vaccines, like the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, work.
- There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility problems.
Information source: The CDC
Generally, these side effects may affect your child’s ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects and severe allergic reactions are rare. If your child experiences a severe allergic reaction after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine providers can rapidly provide care and call for emergency medical services, if needed. If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and think you might be having an allergic reaction after leaving the site where you were vaccinated, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.
Ask your child’s healthcare provider for advice on using a non-aspirin pain reliever and other steps you can take at home after your child gets vaccinated. In general, aspirin is not recommended for use in children and adolescents less than 18 years of age. Placing a cool, damp cloth on the injection site can help with discomfort.
A sever allergic reaction - anaphylaxis - can cause rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat or a generalized rash or hives. Someone experiencing a severe allergic reaction needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen© or they must go to the hospital.
If you have an immediate non-sever allergic reaction after getting a shot of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get another shot of that vaccine, even if your allergic reaction was not severe enough to require emergency care.
An immediate allergic reaction happens within 4 hours of getting vaccinated and may include symptoms such as hives, swelling, and wheezing (respiratory distress). Your doctor may refer you to a specialist in allergies and immunology to provide more care or advice.
Learn more about vaccines, alternative ways to administer vaccines, and allergic reactions.
Information source: The CDC
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Cultural and Multi-lingual COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The Esta En Tus Manos campaign, https://estaentusmanosnevada.com/https://estaentusmanosnevada.com/, is a partnership with the Southern Nevada Health District. On the website you will find information to help you arrange appointment times for COVID-19 testing and/or vaccination. Just visit https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/.
COVID-19 Vaccine Locations
People 12 and older are eligible to get the vaccine. To make an appointment, call (833) 886-0023. For assistance with scheduling an appointment in Spanish, call between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
No insurance is needed to get vaccinated. The Pfizer vaccine is administered in two parts. Those who receive Part 1 of the vaccine will be scheduled for their second appointment to get the follow up shot at the time of the first appointment. See more on who is eligible for vaccination and other locations where you can make an appointment to get the vaccine by visiting the Southern Nevada Health District website.
General COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- If you are fully vaccinated, the state of Nevada, in compliance with the Centers for Disease and Control since Feb. 10,2022, no longer recommends mandatory face masks, however, caution is suggested in heavy traffic indoor and outdoor spaces as COVID -19 case numbers continue to fluctuate. The Board of Clark County Commissioners supports the advisement of the CDC.
- If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine clinic.
The Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) and Moderna vaccines are currently available to Southern Nevadans wanting to get vaccinated. Vaccination is recommended for persons 5 and older at this time as follows:
Ages 5 to 11: Pfizer (See COVID-19 Vaccines & Children)
Ages 12 to 15: Pfizer
Ages 16 to 18: Pfizer
Ages 18 and older: Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson "Janssen"
Moderna and Pfizer vaccination is a two-part process requiring an initial shot and a second shot administered weeks later but within a required time period. For those who receive Pfizer, the second shot is administered 21 days later; for those receiving Moderna, the second shot is administered 28 days later.
The two vaccines are considered equally effective and Nevadans are encouraged to take which ever vaccine is offered.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, referred to as the Janssen vaccine, is again a vaccination option after national health care administrators re-evaluated its use and reported side effects, determining it to be safe for use. The Janssen vaccine requires only one shot. The vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson takes an approach that is designed to instruct human cells to make the SARS-2 protein which then triggers an immune response.
COVID-19 vaccine clinics and pharmacies in Clark County
COVID-19 Prioritization and Eligibility for Vaccination Chart & Info
Make an appointment on the Health District website
What you should know if you have an underlying health condition.
Vaccinations at UNLV @ 851 E. Tropicana Ave. Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-10:30 p.m.
If you were not provided with this information at the time of your initial shot, the following instructions will help you schedule your second dose:
Southern Nevada Health District & Partner Clinics
Schedule your second dose by visiting vax4nv.nv.gov or by calling 1-800-401-0946. Please be ready to provide your First Dose Appointment Number (from your confirmation email), if available.
Roseman University of Health Sciences
Individuals who have received their first dose at a Roseman University campus will receive an email 10 days before their second dose is due with a link to schedule their second dose. Due to vaccine allocation, Roseman University is only administering second dose to individuals who received their first dose at a Roseman University campus.
UMC COVID-19 Vaccination Center at Encore
Following your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, UMC automatically schedules your second dose appointment. Please log in to UMConnect at http://umconnect.umcsn.com or through the MyChart app to ensure you know the date and time of your second appointment. Please remember to bring the vaccination card provided to you during your initial appointment. For assistance with scheduling issues, please call (702) 789-5160.
If your first dose was administered through an agency or organization not listed above, check your confirmation email for appropriate links, check the website through which your appointment was initially scheduled, or contact that entity directly for assistance.
- The Southern Nevada Health District help line is staffed during business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For help or to get questions answered related to a second-dose appointment, call (702) 759-1900.
- The state's vaccination call center is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at (800) 401-0946 to answer questions and assist those who may need help making an appointment.
It is recommended that the second dose of vaccine should be administered as close to the 21- and 28-day intervals as possible. However, based on current guidance, second doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be administered up to six weeks after the first dose. The vaccines are not interchangeable.
Additional CDC Information
Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html. More information about COVID-19, including case updates, vaccination clinics, and available resources is available on the Health District website at www.SNHD.info/covid.
A list of current SNHD locations with their closest RTC route(s) can be found on the RTC’s coronavirus resource page. Use the rideRTC app to view maps, routes, arrival times and pay for your contactless fixed route trip. You can even see the real-time passenger capacity of your bus on the Transit app.
Earlier this year, the DOI passed both an emergency and permanent regulations to ensure there would be no out-of-pocket costs to Nevadans’ covered by health insurance for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
This means consumers who have coverage with individual health plans, small group plans, large group plans, and catastrophic plans will be covered to receive the COVID-19 vaccine without any co-payment, co-insurance, or other form of cost-sharing, including the cost of administering the vaccine. Nevadans who are insured by entities not regulated by DOI may still be covered to receive the vaccine by federal law.
Consumers who are unsure what type of health plan they have are encouraged to contact their employer or health insurance company first. For other questions regarding health insurance coverage, contact DOI’s Consumer Services via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-872-3234.
The vaccine is free for the (insert number of) Nevadans insured through Nevada Health Link plans. Nevada Health Link is the only place Nevadans can qualify for subsidies to help offset the costs of monthly premiums, and four out of five Nevadans who purchase a plan on Nevada Health Link qualify for financial assistance (tax credits). All plans offered through the Exchange cover the 10 “essential health benefits,” including pre-existing conditions and all COVID-19-related diagnosis and treatment. Consumers must enroll in a plan by Dec. 31, 2020, to have health coverage effective on Jan. 1, 2021. Anyone who enrolls between Jan. 1 and Jan. 15 will have coverage effective on Feb. 1, 2021. For more information go to NevadaHealthLink.com or call 800-547-2927.
Nevada Medicaid is offering Medicaid recipients a flexible same-day transportation service with a variety of options including gas mileage reimbursement, bank card funding to take the bus, and, in most instances, same-day rides from ride services. Information is available in English and Spanish at https://www.immunizenevada.org/county-specific-covid-19-vaccine-plan under Appointment Resources or by calling 1-844-879-7341.
Here are the steps to follow to plan ahead:
- Step one: Check NVCovidFighter.org daily to find out when and where vaccines may be available in your county and schedule an appointment.
- Step two: Plan transportation. The flyer available here describes who is eligible for transportation through Medicaid and how to schedule.
- Step three: Get the vaccine and continue social distancing, frequent hand washing and mask-wearing.
- Step four: Plan transportation for the second dose of the vaccine.
It is always Open Enrollment for Nevada Medicaid. Apply at https://accessnevada.dwss.nv.gov/. Non-citizens and the uninsured can receive COVID-19 services through federally qualified health centers: www.nvpca.org/health-centers.
Nevadans who do not have health insurance can go to https://www.nevadahealthlink.com/ to see if they qualify and find free local assistance from a certified broker or navigator. Nevada Health Link applications include review for coverage by Medicaid and many other providers. The uninsured may also seek the assistance of a Federally Qualified Health Center.
Additionally, note that it is always Open Enrollment for Nevada Medicaid. Apply at https://accessnevada.dwss.nv.gov/. Non-citizens and the uninsured can receive COVID-19 services through federally qualified health centers: www.nvpca.org/health-centers.
According to Nevada Regulation 054-20, all health insurers are prohibited from imposing cost-sharing or medical management techniques to restrict access to COVID-19 screening, testing, or vaccines. People who are insured and are charged for COVID-related services should report the case to the Nevada Insurance Commissioner and the case may be referred for investigation. Patients can file a complaint at https://doi.nv.gov/Consumers/File-A-Complaint/.