COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Dear CSN Family,

The UNLV School of Medicine has provided leadership and program development and has been instrumental in the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine process for our southern Nevada institutions. We are very grateful and appreciative of the guidance and leadership of Dr. Michael Gardner, Vice Dean Clinical Affairs and Strategy, Julie Young, Vice President Business Operations and Strategy, and Gregg Maye, Assistant Director of Emergency Management, for their efforts for the launch and continued operations of the NSHE Point of Distribution locations at UNLV and CSN. There is much work that occurs behind the scenes and we are extremely grateful. Messaging across our NSHE institutions remains consistent and is possible because of our partners at UNLV, including Executive Provost Chris Heavey and Communications Director Cindy Brown. 

On January 19, NSHE southern Nevada institutions began vaccinating the next authorized group of CSN faculty, staff and students. Vaccinations continue to be provided to our Tier 1 group that includes first responders, health care workers, public safety, and law enforcement. The additional expanded group includes individuals who belong to the following two categories:

  • CSN instructional and administrative faculty, staff, students, and contractors who must work on campus in close contact with others, and who cannot and have not been able to conduct their job duties from home, or
  • CSN faculty, staff, or students who are 70 years of age or older.

Invitations to Register for Vaccination

Individuals identified as part of these priority groups received an invitation to register directly from this email address:  Please note that the registration portal link was updated on January 25 and new invitations were sent out. If you received an invitation prior to this date, the link is no longer valid and we apologize for any inconvenience while the system was offline and enhancements were being completed. Please use the most recent email invitation for making an appointment. If you did not receive an invitation to register and you believe you are eligible for vaccination, faculty should contact their respective dean, and staff should contact their vice president. 

To receive your vaccination, you must verify your eligibility by producing a copy of the invitation (e.g., on your phone or a printout) and the CSN Confirmation Letter that was included in the email registration. We have also provided a complete list of all eligible individuals to the vaccination sites.  

If you have not been directly invited to register as a member of the latest priority group and have an appointment, you are not currently eligible. Without proof of your eligibility, you will be turned away when you arrive at the vaccination site.  

We understand that many of you are eager to receive the vaccination as soon as possible, but please allow the process developed by the State Division of Public Health to unfold as planned.  Vaccines are limited in availability. As more doses become available and we receive authorization from the state to expand our administration of vaccines, we will invite additional groups of faculty, staff, and students to register. CSN continues to work with our NSHE partners, the Southern Nevada Health District and the state to provide vaccinations to everyone in our campus community as expeditiously as possible.


On January 21, the CSN Point of Distribution began operations at the Henderson Campus Student Union. The POD operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is expected to continue operations through the spring semester and into the summer. In addition to the medical and clinical staff, nine non-medical volunteers are needed throughout the day to support various roles needed for the successful operation. We are requesting volunteers from across the campus should you be interested to assist in this important effort. Shifts are available for a half day (7:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. or noon – 5 p.m.) or a full day or 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please consult and obtain approval from your supervisor. Additionally, the UNLV site has been in operation since January 11; days and hours of operation are consistent with the CSN location. As both sites will be operational for the foreseeable future the opportunity may also be available to serve as a volunteer at UNLV. The  non-medical volunteer coordinator is Michelle Word, for more information, please contact her at  

CSN Campus Services and Facility Updates

For an update on the status of CSN activities, services available, campus operations, and hours of operation, please visit my blog.

For up-to-date information on our vaccination program, please visit You may also contact with any questions.

Thank you for your patience, and please stay safe. 

Federico Zaragoza
College of Southern Nevada

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