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Nevada casinos, hotels are seeing roughly half of the employees who have shot COVID so far

Date posted: May 1, 2021, 12:31 pm

Last Updated: May 1, 2021, 12:31 PM.

Ed Silverstein

Casino hotels in Nevada are making progress in vaccinating the workforce against COVID-19. But more effort is needed, with a slightly smaller 50 percent of the worker sector during the injection, according to an estimate quoted by Nevada Current information organization.

More than 100,000 Nevada residents who got their shots, self-reported they work at casinos, hotels, or restaurants
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak presented at the COVID Vaccine Clinic at Mandalay Bay MGM Convention Center. He was one of the few officials who encouraged more hotel and casino employees to take a photo. (Photo: James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal )

Some of the biggest gaming companies report having 60 and 70% vaccination rates for their employees, J. Brin Gibson, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB), was quoted by KLAS, the local TV station.

In addition, more than 100,000 Nevada residents who have had the injections have reported themselves working in casinos, hotels or restaurants, Gibson said further, KLAS said. The actual number may be higher.

Gibson was one of the state officials who appeared at the MGM Mandalay Bay convention center on Thursday promoting increased immunization against COVID-39. The convention space is being used as a vaccination center. About 5,000 hospitality workers and others got injections there. However, more residents still need to shoot, officials warn.

Based on requirements set by NGCB and Clark County - including Downtown Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip - casinos will be 100 percent occupied when 60 percent of the county's population receives at least the first dose of the COVID vaccine.

Recently, about 47 percent of Clark County residents reached at least the first dose of the COVID vaccine this week. That works out to around 856, 131 residents take that first picture, he said Las Vegas Review-Journal . Well, 241,824 more people need vaccines in the county to reach the threshold.

"We are doing everything we can to remove vaccination barriers and address volatility through education and peer interactions," said Virginia Valentine, president of the Nevada Resort Association at the convention center.

they focus on reaching 60 percent so we can open up to 100, ”Valentine quoted Nevada Current . "There is no greater sign of our commitment to safety for our visitors than the vaccinated workforce."

As of this week, approximately 39 percent of the state's population has had at least one COVID vaccine. A quarter are fully vaccinated, he said Nevada Current .

Also at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center was Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, D. He said he would rather see the convention center "filled with presenters and clients than with vaccines.

"We are on our way back," announced the governor. “We are stronger, safer and healthier than ever on the way back.

“I am determined to make Nevada the safest place for vacation and convention, and that will only be done by what you see behind me. It means: needles in human arms. "

Guest room worker says COVID is terrifying

One employee, Delia Garcia, who received an injection at a convention center, told KLAS after receiving the vaccine: "It makes me feel more confident at work."

He works as a guest room assistant in Delano Las Vegas. Garcia admitted that "it was terrible to open one door in the rooms and you don't know what's going to happen inside."

Also the secretary-treasurer of the Geoconda Arguello-Kline Culinary Union praised Sisolak for his "efforts to increase access to the vaccine, especially in black and brown communities disproportionately affected by the effects of COVID-19.

The Culinary Union continues to encourage workers to use their local workplace vaccine clinics whenever they are available, ”she added.

Valentine also noted that the Nevada sites provide employees with "flexibility in getting vaccinations and using creative ways to promote and reward vaccinations."

Wynn Resorts says employees who are not receiving vaccines must provide weekly proof that they have tested negative for COVID - 19.

NGCB's Gibson Warns Of Coercion

However, one of the Wynn employees, identified only as Nikki, filed a complaint with KTNV, another local television station. forced. "

In response, Gibson said Nevada Current “I don't know about this program. I would have to look at it.

"I don't want compulsion. It's important for people to make a choice. "

On Saturday, companies and casinos in Clark County are shifting the 50 to 80 percent occupancy limit on the gaming floors.

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