LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday provided an update on vaccination efforts in the state while also highlighting dose distribution efforts through MGM Resorts International, the host of the event.
Sisolak said about 5,000 COVID-19 vaccines had been distributed through MGM's Mandalay Bay Convention Center. He said community partners across the valley are working to get the city back on its feet.
"The comeback is here now and we are on our way back," Sisolak said of the state slowly reopening. "We are closer to the end than we are the beginning."
Sisolak also encouraged anyone who hasn't already received a vaccine to take advantage of the opportunity.
When asked what the numbers have to look like to get rid of the mask mandate, Sisolak said "It's not a number necessarily. It's the advice from my medical board."
MGM Resorts' Executive Director John McManus, Gaming Control Board Chair Brin Gibson, Nevada Resort Association President Virginia Valentine and the Culinary Union's Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline were in attendance, as well as workers who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Culinary Union applauded the state's efforts to vaccinate disproportionately impacted populations and minority communities, many of whom work in the hospitality industry.
"Hospitality workers have had access to the COVID-19 vaccine since March 11, 2021 and as of April 5, 2021, any Nevadan 16 and older can be vaccinated. As hospitality workers and their family members get the vaccine, the Culinary Union continues to encourage workers to take advantage of on-site vaccine clinics at work whenever they are available," the union said in a statement.
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