Santa Clara County now offering no-appointment, walk-up vaccines – The Mercury News

Santa Clara County on Tuesday will begin offering drop-in COVID-19 vaccines to anyone who is 16 or older and lives, works or attends school in the county — no appointment needed.

The announcement marks a turning point from just a few weeks ago when Santa Clara County struggled to open up first-dose appointments to residents, citing a vaccine shortage.

Since then, the county has benefited from a federal vaccine program that has given it thousands of additional doses on top of a weekly allocation from the state. Last week, for instance, the county received an initial allocation of 300,000 doses from the federal government.

“Now is the time to get vaccinated,” Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Officer, said in a statement. “Vaccines are absolutely critical to protecting our community, and we won’t rest until every eligible person in our community has the chance to get vaccinated.”

Since supply is no longer an option and everyone who wants a vaccine can get one, Fensterscheib said in an interview that county officials are looking for ways to make it more convenient for people who are hesitant about getting a shot or may have barriers to access.

As of Monday, 65% of Santa Clara County residents who are 16 or older have received their first dose of the vaccine and 37% are fully vaccinated, according to the county’s vaccine dashboard.

From Tuesday to Sunday of this week, 13 clinics across the county will be offering vaccines to people without an appointment. Availability will be subject to supply and capacity limits at each site.

The Santa Clara County clinics offering drop-in appointments include:

  • Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San Jose — 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
  • County Service Center, 1555 Berger Drive, San Jose — 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 North White Road, San Jose — 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.Tuesday-Friday
  • Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose — 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday
  • Gilroy High School, 750 West 10th Street, Gilroy — 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
  • Mountain View Community Center, 201 South Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View — 8:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
  • Overfelt High School, 1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday
  • Martial Cottle Park, 391 Chynoweth Street, San Jose — 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Our Lady of Refuge, 2165 Lucretia Avenue, San Jose — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday
  • ConXion, 749 Story Road, San Jose– 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday
  • Tafatolu Congregational Church, 2510 Alvin Avenue, San Jose — 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday
  • John Vianney, 4600 Hyland Avenue, San Jose — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday
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