The shot that cures

Nevada is making all residents ages 16 and older eligible for the coronavirus vaccine starting April 5.  The idea is to inoculate as many Nevadans as possible.

Governor Sisolak says the timeline could mean appointments in the coming weeks open to hundreds of thousands more people in Nevada, where roughly 61% of the population is older than 18 and younger than 65.  “Availability of vaccine and appointments will still be dependent on the allocation of doses we receive from the federal government,” Sisolak said.  But President Biden says that vaccine production is so high that there should be plenty to pass around the country.

The state’s new timeline satisfies the goal that President Joe Biden announced last week, when he said he wanted everyone in the U.S. 18 years and older to be eligible for vaccines by May 1.  Nevada also plans to make residents ages 16 and older with underlying health conditions eligible for shots on March 22 through partner pharmacies.