By Leo Magrdichian, LCSW, LCADC, Vice President Operations
In April, WestCare Nevada, the City of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Strike Team, and the SilverSummit Healthplan joined forces in conducting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Las Vegas Community Triage Center (CTC)!
Initially, one hundred and twenty-five Johnson & Johnson vaccines were requested and scheduled to be administered to the surrounding homeless population, our WestCare staff and clients, and anyone else that was interested in receiving this single-dose vaccine. However, that plan changed rather drastically the day before based on the CDC’s guidance to pause any administration of this particular vaccine as they assessed any potential side effects.
Fortunately for everyone involved in the event, their vaccination was not postponed or canceled since organizers were able to secure 80 doses of the Moderna vaccine just in time! In all, 76 individuals were vaccinated with their first dose. Each person was provided with a follow-up appointment to return to the CTC in May to receive their second and final dose.
We’d like to thank all of our amazing community partners for coming together to ensure the continued health of our staff, our community, and those that we serve!