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Walk-in Vaccination Clinic Opens in East San Jose

Wristband registration required; shots available for eligible health care workers and residents 65 and older

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A walk-in coronavirus vaccination clinic opened Thursday in East San Jose.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is partnering with Gardner Health Services and The School of Arts & Culture to provide walk-in COVID-19 vaccination services in East San Jose for individuals ages 65+ and health care workers, county officials announced.

The new vaccination site at Mexican Heritage Plaza located at 1700 Alum Rock Ave. launched Thursday, and will operate every Tuesday and Thursday until further notice.

Wristband distribution to guarantee space during vaccination hours will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and vaccinations will take place from noon to 6 p.m.

Health care workers and East San Jose residents aged 65 and over are eligible for the vaccine, and proof of age or work must be shown.

"We are making it very accessible," Jessica Paz-Cedillo said. "For folks who don’t know how to navigate an appointment system, who may not have reliable internet, they are able to come here."

The coronavirus has been devastating for East San Jose. Organizers of the walk-in site said 31% of the cases in Santa Clara County are in the East San Jose community.

"Here in East San Jose, our community, our working class, immigrant, Latino community has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic," Paz-Cedillo said.

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