Health District offers COVID-19 testing and vaccine opportunities before the holiday season

Flu shots also available at the Futuro Academy on November 22

The holidays are a time for celebrating with families and friends, and the Southern Nevada Health District wants to make sure everyone is safe and healthy this season. The Testing Before Turkey! Vaccination Before Vacation! COVID-19 Clinic will be held on Monday, November 22, at Futuro Academy, 920 N. Lamb Blvd., Las Vegas, 89110 from 3-6 p.m. to offer people the opportunity to get the COVID-19 and flu vaccines or a COVID-19 test before the holidays.

“This will be our second holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is different this year is that we have vaccines widely available throughout our community,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Health District. “We encourage Southern Nevadans to get tested before they travel or, better yet, get vaccinated. There is plenty of time to get vaccinated against COVID and flu before holiday travel.”

Appointments are recommended for both testing and vaccinations at the Testing Before Turkey! Vaccination Before Vacation! event, but walk-ins will be accepted. COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone age 5 and older, flu vaccines will be available for everyone six months of age and older. COVID-19 testing will be available for the whole family. To make an appointment, visit www.SNHD.info/COVID. In addition, parents can now make appointments for their children ages 5 to 11 for any of the Health District COVID-19 vaccine clinic locations. As of November 16, more than 9,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 have received their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Getting vaccinated before holiday vacations is recommended and is the best way to protect against COVID-19 infection or serious illness as well as influenza.

The CDC recommends testing one to three days before travel for anyone who is not fully vaccinated. In addition, COVID-19 testing is recommended for anyone who is unvaccinated, has symptoms of COVID-19, or has come into close contact with someone with COVID-19. People who are experiencing symptoms should not travel, according to the CDC. For more information, visit the CDC’s Holiday Celebrations page.

Additional COVID-19 resources and information, including testing and vaccine clinic locations, are available on the Health District website at www.snhd.info/covid.