SAN JOSE (KPIX) – Although the number of drivers on the South Bay light rail system has decreased due to COVID, the Valley Transportation Authority and Santa Teresa Station are increasing their efforts to vaccinate people.
The VTA turned 900 mostly unused parking spaces on its Santa Teresa Light Rail Park & Ride property into the latest climb and ride through the COVID vaccination center.
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No appointment is required, but officials would prefer interested parties to make plans in advance
“This is just a prime location. Anyone can only drive in if they see the sign and say we should stop by and get vaccinated, ”said Sergio Jimenez, who represents the neighborhood on the San Jose City Council.
Carmen Marino came through the construction site and received her second dose in a few minutes.
“It’s super practical. I think it’s great that you can stay in your car, ”said Marino.
In the first full week of operation, between 500 and 1,000 recordings are expected to be made per day.
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People can also take a VTA train to and from the station for free, but most people drove to the site on Monday.
The site is part of an effort in Santa Clara County’s efforts to remove barriers and provide access to anyone aged 16 and over who is eligible for the vaccine.
The website’s medical director said the convenience factor is helping already reluctant people.
“You feel good in the car. We have seen whole families come to get the vaccine. not just one person, but also families, ”said Dr. Victor Salazar of Bay Area Community Health.
Marisol Valenzuela was one of those who held out until COVID came home and infected a beloved aunt with the coronavirus.
“Here I am with my first dose. I still have two minutes to see how I feel. I am very happy that I made it. There was no time to wait, ”said Valenzuela.
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The website is currently open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.