When crowds gathered in South Bay on Wednesday to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, there was joy and relief as a COVID-19 vaccination was part of the celebrations.
Santa Clara County Health Department said it didn’t really want to see large public gatherings, but also saw an opportunity to reach out to a reluctant community – setting up a pop-up clinic in the middle of the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Mi Pueblo Plaza on Story and King Road in San Jose.
“We just want to make it easy, we’re here, we’re in your neighborhood,” said Dr. Rocio Luna, assistant district manager for Santa Clara County. “They know this is a trustworthy place that they can trust. You can go over there. We’re just trying to make it easy for people. “
Lines formed almost immediately after the clinic opened and some people said they knew they had waited or stopped long enough and saw this as their chance.
“I didn’t mean to be a hypocrite. I told my mother to take it because she is obviously of a vulnerable age, ”said Gerardo Alvarez from San Jose. “So I decided to prove to her that it was safe.”
The Mexican Heritage Plaza welcomed the nearby pop-up clinic.
“Yes, this is a public holiday. And if we want to celebrate that holiday next year, we’ll be in five years, ”said Jessica Paz Cedillos, General Manager of the Mexican Heritage Plaza. “And we’re going to want to do it with our loved ones and family members. It is important that we realize that we are not near the forest. “
The pop-up clinic said the turnout at Cinco de Mayo was very good and health officials hope this will lead to more collaboration across the community after this celebration ends.