COVID-19 Vaccine

The State of Nevada is providing COVID-19 vaccines to faculty, staff and students within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) to maintain business operations and continuity in the higher education system.

Our ultimate goal is to return our students and faculty to the classroom, lab, and field to do what they do best – innovating, engaging, creating, and improving the world around us.

The vaccination effort is being led by staff and volunteers from UNLV Medicine, UNLV School of Nursing, and nursing programs at CSN and Nevada State College. NSHE also will assist SNHD with vaccinations for healthcare workers, law enforcement, and other priority groups in the broader community.

In partnership with the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), the vaccine will be distributed to groups as defined State of Nevada Vaccination Program Playbook.  Priority is being given to NSHE members who must be on campus due to the nature of their roles and therefore are most at risk for COVID-19 exposure. 

As doses become available, NSHE institutions will notify eligible groups when they can schedule their appointments. Vaccinations began on Monday, Jan. 11 at the UNLV Maryland Parkway campus, and will begin the week of Tuesday, Jan. 19 at the CSN Henderson campus.

As this is a very fluid and developing situation, the information and priorities identified below are subject to change.


For information on testing and a list of nearby test sites, visit the Coronavirus Testing page.

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Prioritized Roles within NSHE

The initial vaccinations dispensed by NSHE will first be given to prioritized groups within NSHE and may include individuals in the broader community.

NSHE has prioritized roles at its institutions in this order:

  • Employees in facilities maintenance and custodial services who work on campus
  • Instructors (faculty and graduate students) teaching in person during the spring semester
  • Staff and student employees who provide in-person services
  • Students who will live in on-campus residence halls during the spring semester
  • Instructors (faculty and graduate students) teaching remotely during the spring semester 
  • Faculty and staff who typically have low to no in-person contact or who are working remotely
  • All remaining students

NSHE and the university are currently only vaccinating active faculty, staff and students. The Southern Nevada Health District will provide information about the availability of vaccinations for the general public.

Times and Locations

UNLV is providing vaccinations to prioritized groups only at this time.

The UNLV vaccination site is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on the UNLV Maryland Parkway campus. The CSN Henderson campus site will open the week of Tuesday, Jan. 19, with hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Appointments and proof of eligibility are required at both campuses.

How to Register

UNLV faculty, staff and students who are frontline health care, public safety, law enforcement and first responders are currently being vaccinated. Individuals in other roles at UNLV will receive an email invitation to register when their roles become eligible for vaccinations. Under the state’s latest playbook, this will include: 

  • instructional and administrative faculty and all non-instructional staff across the NSHE system who must work on campus, in close contact with others, and who cannot and have not been able to conduct their job duties from home.

A few important things to note about registration:

  • Your information and your role will be cross-referenced to determine your vaccination eligibility.
  • Be sure to complete all fields on the registration form. Your appointment is subject to cancellation if full information is not provided.
  • You will be asked to upload a photo of your insurance card if you have one. While your insurance will be billed for services, you will not receive a bill and will not incur a personal charge for the vaccine.  
  • You may be able to select a preferred date and time for vaccination based on appointment availability. If appointments are not available, instructions will be provided through the registration site.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with the location for your vaccination. Do not go to the vaccination site without confirmation.
  • You will be notified when you arrive at the vaccination site which vaccine is being administered that day.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

Remember, stay home if you’re not feeling well or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Bring the following:

  • Employee ID
  • Government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport or other ID card)
  • Confirmation email of your appointment
  • Insurance card, if you have one.

During your appointment:

  • You will be provided with the vaccine available that day. You will not be notified in advance if the vaccine administered on a given day will be from Pfizer or Moderna.
  • You will receive a CDC vaccination record card noting the type of vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) you received, and the date you will need to return for your second dose.
  • You will scan a QR code from the CDC to register for V-Safe. If you do not have a mobile device, you can register on the CDC website. This will enroll you in periodic text message check-ins to monitor how you are feeling after your vaccine.
  • Per CDC recommendation, you must remain onsite for 15-30 minutes for observation after you receive the vaccination.

After receiving your vaccination:

  • Depending on the vaccine you receive, you will be scheduled to return 21 to 28 days later. It is vital that you return for your second dose for the vaccination to effectively protect you against contracting COVID-19.
  • You will receive appointment reminders before your second dose appointment via phone, text and/or email.

Information about Vaccines

Immunize Nevada

Immunize Nevada provides recommended immunization schedules for children, teens, and adults, and continuing education and training for healthcare providers. The website’s COVID-19 section includes questions and answers about the new coronavirus vaccine, safety and the technology behind it.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Visit the CDC website to read about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program and what to expect at your COVID-19 vaccination visit. The CDC also offers information about the different vaccines and how they work, safety systems and monitoring, and the benefits of getting vaccinated.

State of Nevada Health Response

Nevada has released its COVID-19 Vaccination Playbook, a comprehensive report detailing the planning and statewide implementation of the vaccine program.

Southern Nevada Health District

Additional frequently asked questions are available on the Southern Nevada Health District website.

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