The walk-in COVID vaccination clinic opens in one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in San Jose
SAN JOSE, California (KRON) – To provide better access to and mitigate COVID-19 disparities in the Latino communities of San Jose, a new walk-up vaccination clinic has opened in one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus.
Despite impending vaccine supply shortages, Gardner Health Services carried out COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday for people aged 65 and over, food, agriculture, education, childcare, caretaker and emergency services workers in the Alviso neighborhood.
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“The reason this area is important because it is one of the hardest hit areas is also one of the long-standing communities in the region,” said Reymundo C. Espinoza, CEO of Gardner Health Services.
“This is just another effort to make sure our people in the community are protected.”
A one-day clinic set up by the Gardner Alviso Health Center is aimed at those in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, with a particular focus on the Latinx community in northern San Jose.
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The COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is for those in Phase 1A and Phase 1B of Santa Clara County with an emphasis on the Latino community.
As of Friday, the county reports that its Latino population continues to account for more than 50% of all COVID-19 cases and 28.5% of all deaths.
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“The local community is mostly Latino. As you can see, there is some gentrification, but the basic community remains,” Espinoza said. “And they need the help, and we’re trying to get it here today.”
More than 150 parishioners who lined up outside the Gardner Alviso Health Center on Gold Street were told they would be given a bracelet and then have to return by 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to get their vaccine.
Some community members tell KRON4 News that they waited almost two months to finally get their first dose of the vaccine.
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“I was tested and I came out negative and I also did the antibody test and it came out negative, I was very aware of that,” said Guillermina Cabezas, a San Jose resident.
“I’ve been waiting about two months for more vaccines to be available so that I can get vaccinated.”
The one-day clinic was brought together with the partnership between Gardner Health Services, Santa Clara County Public Health and David Cohen, Councilor for the 4th District of San Jose.
The Gardner Alviso Health Center said it received 280 doses of vaccine and plans to vaccinate as many community members as possible.
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“The pop-up clinics will indeed be crucial in promoting this vaccine,” Cohen said.
“This is a high COVID hit area, this is one of the postcodes in San Jose with one of the highest rates of COVID infection. There is a high Latino population here, definitely an area that is underserved in San Jose,” added Cohen.
“My staff and the Gardner staff were going door-to-door through this neighborhood and actually handing out flyers telling people this clinic was happening. That is how we got people to come here today.”
This week, Santa Clara County switched from purple to red when Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s positivity rate had dropped to 2.3%, weeks after the state peaked over 14% during the vacation.
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The clinic plans to return in about a month to give second doses.