From President Whitfield: Important update on the COVID-19 vaccination site at UNLV

Apr. 29, 2021

Dear University Community,

The COVID-19 vaccination site at UNLV is beginning to wind down its operations as we see a decline in demand across our community. The site has been a tremendous asset to the university and Southern Nevada, administering more than 110,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

If you haven’t done so, I strongly encourage you to get your shots before our site ends first dose appointments and walk-ins on Friday, May 7. The site will remain open to administer second doses to those who receive their first vaccination at UNLV by next Friday. I know we all long for life as near to “normal” as possible, and you have the power to get us there by getting vaccinated. Remember anyone 18 years and older can get vaccinated at UNLV, and you can make an appointment online. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to coronavirus@unlv.edu.

I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this extraordinary initiative, including students, faculty and staff in the School of Nursing and the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, Student Health, and our sister institutions, Nevada State College and the College of Southern Nevada. This has truly been a team effort from the start. I want to recognize UNLV Medicine for their leadership role in both the vaccination sites at UNLV and CSN and for their testing site launched in early 2020. They have shown admirable leadership and an unwavering dedication to the welfare of those in our community. I also want to thank the contact tracing team in the UNLV School of Public Health, which continues to serve a critical role in Southern Nevada to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

As a university, it is a great responsibility – and a point of great pride – when we can step in during a monumental time of need in our community. As an urban research university serving a diverse, growing metropolitan area, we prepare students to enter careers and better the world through undergraduate and graduate programs, we conduct research that makes substantial advances in numerous fields, we offer clinical, social, and other services, and we engage in partnerships that both strengthen organizations and build a brighter economic future. During this crisis, we have demonstrated in new ways what a wonderful asset UNLV is to Southern Nevada, and how our university has a central role in fostering a thriving, vibrant community.

Thank you for doing your part to make this pandemic a thing of the past. Be safe and well.

Warm regards,

Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.
President