Encore Las Vegas to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Center Starting Monday

  • UMSCN center at the Encore can offer hundreds of vaccinations daily from Monday to Friday
  • Partnership with UMSCN goes back to April 2020 with vaccinations for Wynn casino employees
  • Nevada’s new COVID-19 strategy includes vaccinating hospitality workers, such as casino staff
  • In England, Paddy Power volunteered 350+ of its betting shops to the NHS for the vaccine rollout
Encore Casino entrance in Las Vegas
The Encore resort-casino on the Vegas Strip will host a UMCSN COVID-19 vaccination center starting Monday. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Center will be in Encore’s convention space

The Encore resort-casino on the Las Vegas Strip will double as a COVID-19 vaccination center starting January 18, owner and operator Wynn Resorts announced in a press release Thursday.

The Encore Las Vegas’s convention space will host a University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMCSN) vaccination center with the daily capacity to administer hundreds of vaccinations, initially on a Monday to Friday basis.

Las Vegas-based UMCSN is non-profit government hospital and is owned and operated by Clark County Commission. Las Vegas falls under the county seat of Clark County.

Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn Resorts, said in an official release that the operator offered the Strip resort-casino “to help facilitate vaccine distribution as quickly and efficiently as possible throughout the Las Vegas Valley.”

critical step in our state’s economic and health recovery”

Maddox added that the new venture with the UMCSN follows a previous partnership in April 2020, when Wynn Resorts employees received on-site COVID-19 testing. The success of that agreement led Maddox to express that Wynn Resorts was looking forward “to hosting this critical step in our state’s economic and health recovery.”

Nevada extends pandemic restrictions

On January 11, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that current COVID-19 restrictions would remain in place in the Silver State for another 30 days. The decision follows the state’s high coronavirus infection rate in recent weeks.

Gov. Sisolak also unveiled a new strategy that involves vaccinating essential workers in key economic sectors, such as casino employees.

The Wynn news release stated that eligible Nevada residents can receive vaccinations at the Encore, besides health care workers, first responders, and people aged 70 and above. UMC CEO Mason Van Houweling said the new vaccination center would “serve as a valuable asset to our community.”

Pandemic battles across the Pond

Across the Atlantic Ocean in England, the gambling industry is also rallying to the COVID-19 vaccination cause. On January 10, sportsbook Paddy Power volunteered hundreds of its betting shops to the National Health Service (NHS) for use as vaccination stations.

Paddy Power volunteered hundreds of its betting shops to the National Health Service

The Flutter Entertainment-owned gambling operator offered over 350 of its retail shops to the national health body. It also called on thousands of its own employees to lend a hand.

Other big brands to have joined The Sun newspaper’s vaccine acceleration campaign, known as “Jabs Army”, include Sky TV, Hilton Hotels, telecom company BT, and British Airways.

According to a Sky News report on Thursday, Public Health England said COVID-19 case rates have declined across most regions of England in the last week. However, hospital admissions and mortality rates have continued to rise.