First Shipments of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Arrive Across Nevada

Courtesy: Governor Sisolak, Twitter

Governor Sisolak has announced that the first shipment of the newly approved Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Nevada, tweeting photos of Carson City Health. 

Sisolak also said, "While we wait for a widespread vaccine distribution, please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing and stay home when you can."

At the same time, Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue also said that it received a shipment of 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine. These doses, after they're thawed, are expected to be administered sometime on Tuesday. 

"I kind of felt like a kid on Christmas Eve, last night, knowing that it might show up today, and sure enough, we had an early Christmas, today," Deputy Chief Alex Kukulus, TMFR said.

TMFR has more than 150 firefighters. Kukulus says the extra doses will likely go to staff at the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. First responders are part of Tier 1.4, following medical workers, long-term care facilities and psychiatric hospital staff. Kukulus says it is important that EMS workers get the vaccine because of the higher risk of exposure.

"Most of our staff are paramedics and EMTs, responding on these EMS incidents and going into people's homes and the vast majority of the 911 calls, right now, either are COVID-related or have the potential for exposures there," Kukulus said.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use last Friday. The decision comes days after health workers and nursing home residents began getting a similar coronavirus shot from Pfizer and BioNTech.

Extra doses from a second vaccine are urgently needed, as U.S. deaths hit all-time highs and some hospitals are running out of beds.

But even with additional candidates in the pipeline, there won’t be enough for the general population until spring, and shots will be rationed in the meantime.


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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)