VIDEO: Massive line forms outside new San Jose vaccination site

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — A COVID vaccine site in San Jose has people lining up with blankets and chairs hours before it opens.

Well before the sunrise on Thursday, east San Jose residents eligible for the vaccine wait at Mexican Heritage Plaza.

The site is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays only for Santa Clara County residents. Starting at 9 a.m., staff will hand out wristbands. Due to the huge turnout, the staff decided to start administering the shots starting at 10:30 a.m. instead of the original noon time.

They’ll be vaccinating on a first come, first serve basis until 6 p.m.

By 7 a.m., the line grew by several dozens of people trying to stay socially distanced.

People hoping for the vaccine slot will need to show either proof of age or proof of workplace.

The vaccine site is in partnership with Gardner Health Services and Santa Clara County Public Health. It’s located in the heart of east San Jose.

This walk-up line is an effort to create greater access to predominantly the Latinx community, which makes up over half of all COVID cases in California.

According to Santa Clara County, the Latinx population makes up 51% of all local cases, although they only make up about 25% of the county’s population.

Health officials also use this location for COVID testing on Wednesdays.

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