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Churchill County’s new COVID-19 vaccine site open to serve hundreds in Northern Nevada

Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 3:13 PM PDT
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FALLON, Nev. (KOLO) - Churchill County staff members formally opened their new vaccine station that is ready to serve every Northern Nevadan 16 and older.

“Four weeks ago we couldn’t get them in Washoe County,” said Linda Nollette of Reno. “They told us we could get them here. It was worth it.”

“It is great to see this site actually going full force and seeing cars in line today and people getting vaccinated and tested,” added Shannon Ernst, Churchill County Social Services Director.

After opening vaccination pop-up shops around Fallon, Ernst realized her community needed a more permanent location. Her colleague, Jim Barbee, who is the county manager, says the other locations weren’t big enough, or in the right spot to serve the hundreds of people who need their vaccines.

“(The old locations were) really limiting in terms of being able to stack cars,” Barbee said. “We were having issues with cars getting on to the main roads and causing some traffic issues.”

Now the vaccine site off of Miners Road in Fallon is firing on all cylinders.

“With seven lanes we can do 300 folks and hour,” Barbee said of the clinic’s success.

Barbee says the average wait time, from start to finish, is around 40 minutes - and that includes the 15 minute waiting period after the shot is administered. There are typically six nurses on site.

Donna and Greg Juchtzer drove up from Douglas County to get their second doses.

“(The process was ) very organized, and everyone was very nice. The nurse gave us all kinds of information in terms of what to expect. It was awesome.”

People don’t need an appointment at the clinic.

The location at 485 Miner’s Road is typically open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 4 pm.

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