Wednesday October 13, 2021 | 2 a.m
More people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in a weekend at a clinic where cash incentives were offered than at nearly 20 similar clinics run by the Southern Nevada Health District combined.
Clark County says 892 people were vaccinated at the two-day pop-up clinic at Eldorado High School on September 18 and 19. That’s when each shot was worth $ 100, offered as a preloaded gift card purchased by the county using Federal Pandemic Aid.
During SNHD pop-ups between May and mid-September, when there were no cash gifts, the district distributed 782 combined doses, according to SNHD records. Some pop-ups hit a dozen hits or less all day.
Obviously, paying people to get vaccinated works, Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom said.
Segerblom persuaded enough of his colleagues to pilot a cash-for-vax program, choosing a northeast corner of the valley that has seen some of the highest coronavirus case numbers, as vaccination has stagnated across the country. ‘State in recent weeks. He attempted a larger follow-up earlier this month, seeking up to $ 1 million for additional incentives.
“If we can get 10,000 more shots, I think that’s desirable,” he said at the committee meeting on October 5.
The commission brought him down to $ 100,000, the same amount he set aside for the Eldorado High clinic.
Commission President Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Commissioner Michael Naft praised Segerblom for leading the cash bonus program, but suggested a smaller campaign, which would be more manageable for county staff. Details of the next wave of giveaways are yet to be determined.
The health district began shifting its efforts in May from mass vaccination sites like the Cashman Center and the Las Vegas Convention Center to targeted outreach. SNHD and its local partners have sought out well-known neighborhood centers and gatherings, especially in areas where vaccination rates are lower or where residents might face barriers to accessing a conventional clinic – and they were shot, in much smaller numbers.
One day in July at the Mexican consulate just south of downtown Las Vegas, the health district distributed 47 injections. At a festival in August at a public swimming pool in North Las Vegas, he handed out 37 doses; one day in August at the Nevada Intertribal Council office on Rainbow Boulevard, 10 doses. At a festival in an eastern park at the same time as the Eldorado High clinic just three miles away, the health district administered 18 injections.
People have a wide variety of options for vaccination locations: pop-ups that last about a day, long-term community locations like schools, colleges, and state welfare offices; pharmacies and private doctors; and the headquarters of the SNHD.
The health district frequently schedules short-term community pop-ups to ensure people have access to a clinic site near their homes; at least 12 are planned in October, from Las Vegas and its suburbs to Laughlin.
The Nevada Health Response reports that 63.8% of eligible Clark County residents received at least one dose of the vaccine on Tuesday, compared to 54.1% who are fully immune.