Where to Get Your Vaccine
Please do not contact a Renown doctor/health care provider or the Engagement Center at this time to schedule a vaccine appointment. Vaccines for children are available through the Washoe County Health District
and area pharmacies. At this time, no vaccines for children are available through Renown Medical Group pediatric offices.
Although Renown Health has concluded scheduling vaccinations, we continue to support our healthcare colleagues who offer vaccines and encourage you to find a vaccination site near you:
- Find COVID-19 vaccination sites near you.
- Call 800-232-0233 to schedule an appointment
- Text your ZIP code to 438829
- Many local retailers have vaccine appointments available, including Walmart, Costco, CVS, Save Mart, Walgreens, Sam’s Club, and Smith’s Pharmacy.
Get the Vax Facts
There is a lot of information our there about COVID-19 vaccines, and some of it may be confusing. To help clear things up, we're presenting a few simple vaccination facts.
"Effective" means effective!
Vaccines with high "efficacy rates" better protect people from become seriously ill with the virus. All three vaccines that are currently being distributed in the U.S. are considered highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Learn more about vaccine effectiveness here.
The vaccine can't give you COVID-19.
Authorized vaccines do not contain the live virus and cannot give you COVID-19. The three vaccines currently in use are designed to help you body recognize and fight off COVID-19, without the use of a live virus. Learn more about the advanced technology behind the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccines here.
To be "fully vaccinated" takes 2 weeks.
The CDC considers people fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. You should continue to take precautions after you have received your vaccines, such as practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. Learn more about guidelines for those fully vaccinated here.
Herd immunity starts with all of us.
Experts estimate that 80 to 85% of us need to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity. There are now three different vaccines that are recommended to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen. Learn more about these vaccines here.
The vaccine won't alter your DNA.
Approved COVID-19 vaccines help your body fight the virus - but will not affect your DNA. Vaccines teach the body's immune system how to identify and fight off infections caused by viruses. Learn more about how vaccines work here.
Side effects, if any, are typically mild.
Injection site soreness and mild flu-like symptoms may occur after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Side effects are normal after a vaccine, and are an indication that the body is building protection. Learn more about what to expect after your vaccination here.