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Gov. Steve Sisolak says frontline health care workers can expect to receive the first doses of a long-awaited coronavirus vaccine as soon as it arrives.

Sisolak unveiled the state’s plan to roll out the vaccine at a Monday press conference in Carson City, telling reporters the state will rely on its existing vaccine inventory system to get the doses out. 

“I want to be very clear, there are still many unknowns before a vaccine is ready for distribution,” the first-term Democrat said from a conference room at the state Legislature. “But I want you to know we will be prepared when the time comes.

“There is no approved vaccine at this time,” Sisolak added. “There’s a lot of speculation, but no definitive timeline for when one may be approved. … We’re fortunate to have an existing framework managed by a team of experts who work on this on a day-to-day basis.”

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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak speaks during a press conference in the Nevada State Legislature Building in Carson City on June 24, 2020. (Photo: JASON BEAN/RGJ)

Officials said the so-called “Nevada Playbook” should be considered a “living document” that will be added to and adjusted in response to the vaccine’s availability.

A copy of the plan released shortly after Monday’s press conference shows the vaccine rollout will be quarterbacked by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, which plans to coordinate with many of the same doctors, pharmacies and other immunization providers the agency has worked with during past pandemics.

Officials expect to direct the state’s initially limited supply of injections toward “critical populations” of health care workers and other virus-vulnerable populations, including those with underlying medical conditions and people over the age of 65.

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They soon hope to recruit and enroll enough providers to offer the vaccine at hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes, mobile health clinics and a whole host of other locations outlined in the 102-page plan.

Sisolak on rising COVID-19 cases

Governor Sisolak speaks during a press conference in the Nevada State Capital Building in Carson City with regards to the COVID-19 crisis on April 21, 2020. (Photo: JASON BEAN/RGJ)

Sisolak last week urged Nevadans to push past “COVID fatigue,” and to keep wearing their masks, in order to keep the state’s economy running.

Earlier this month, he loosened a statewide cap on large gatherings, but warned the state could pull back in the face of an “alarming trend” of new cases and hospitalizations that could put hospitals under strain during flu season. 

Sisolak returned to that