MGM and Caesars Offering COVID-19 Vaccines to Employees
Two major gaming companies in Las Vegas are providing COVID-19 vaccinations to all employees in the region.
In the state of Nevada, the gaming industry is steadily working its way towards recovery after the brutal hit by COVID-19. After the onset of the pandemic, the industry was hit hard, with tens of thousand of employees out of work for many months and low tourism levels slowing the recovery process. Now, two major casino operators in the state have decided to provide vaccinations for employees. MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment Corporation are starting the process so that all employees can be vaccinated and ready to work as the US continues to fight the pandemic.
Eligible for the Vaccination
Earlier this month, the state expanded the eligibility for the vaccination. The expansion included all employees in the gaming industry. The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported that employees that work for restricted and nonrestricted gaming license holders have the ability to be vaccinated. In this group, it includes employees of casinos, food service, and hospitality businesses.
The hotels and casinos in Nevada employee around 140,000 to 180,000. That is a lot of shots, considering that two of the vaccinations require two shots per person. To help with the process, the MGM Resorts company and Caesars Entertainment Corporation have decided to provide vaccinations.
MGM has set up a clinic for shots at the convention center of the Mandalay Bay casino. For Caesars, the company is using the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to offer vaccinations.
Vaccinations Start Now
In the early months of the rollout for vaccinations, the supply was limited, and the demand was high. It was difficult for individuals in Nevada to be able to schedule an appointment for the shot, plus the individual had to meet certain requirements. The state continues to receive new doses of the vaccination, but more people are eligible now, so the supply and demand are still struggling to come together.
Starting on April 5, anyone who is 16 years of age or older in the state can get the shot. This will put even further strain on the system. MGM and Caesars wanted to provide vaccinations to employees so that the process is simple and will be completed quickly.
Before the pandemic began, MGM had 50,000 employees working at nine casino resorts. Brian Ahern, a spokesman for the company, said that MGM is committed to doing everything it can to help as many people be vaccinated as possible. Barriers are removed by the company offering the shot to employees via vaccination clinics.
Additional operators, such as Wynn Resorts and Station Casinos, are providing employees with on-site vaccinations. The option is much easier than employees trying to use the state’s website to schedule an appointment. Because so many people are trying to receive the vaccination, wait times are long or appointments just don’t exist right now.
A Healthy Workforce
With the vaccination process underway for employees, Las Vegas will be able to have a healthy workforce. The casinos need to stay open to survive. With healthy employees, there is no risk of virus spread and sickness. If employees can catch the virus, then it puts the venue at risk of an outbreak. This would lead to sick employees but also a shortage of staff for a casino to continue offering services.
The Biden Administration is trying to push the vaccination process even further and ensure that everyone in the US is vaccinated if they would like to be. The end goal is to see the virus peter out and the country get back to normal as quickly as possible. Industries like the gaming and hospitality sector need to be able to stay open and see heavy traffic flow in order to provide quality services for patrons.