Firefighters begin getting COVID-19 vaccine

Several dozen Reno firefighters received the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday. Reno Fire received 120 doses of the Moderna vaccine-about 40, so far, have gotten their shot. Fire Chief David Cochran expects another shipment of Moderna vaccine next week that should be enough to vaccinate all 267 members of his staff – though not all may opt to get the vaccine. The vaccine cannot be made mandatory under the FDA’s emergency use authorization.

Truckee Meadows firefighters are getting vaccinated for COVID-19. About 10 personnel got their first shot of a two-dose regimen of the Moderna vaccine Wednesday. They’re vaccinating small groups in stages just in case there are any side effects since they can’t afford to have too many personnel out all at once. As many as 100 first responders could get their first dose of vaccine in the next week.

More than 16,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, in the two weeks or so they’ve been available. Most of the vaccine distributed has been the Pfizer vaccine-which came on the market about a week before Moderna. Governor Steve Sisolak says the state will use CDC recommendations to prioritize who receives the vaccine. Those over the age of 75 are in the next round of inoculations.