San Jose “Mexican Heritage plaza” opens to vaccinate older Latinos

Vaccines are currently available for those 65+ and frontline healthcare workers every TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, and THURSDAY.

New schedule!

• TUESDAY 3/9: Limited supplies of Moderna vaccines available for FIRST DOSAGE on a first-come, first-served basis. Wristband pick-up begins at 9 a.m. Second doses will continue as scheduled.
• WEDNESDAY 3/10: Limited supplies of Johnson & Johnson SINGLE-DOSE vaccines available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wristband pick-up begins at 9 a.m.
• THURSDAY 3/11: TO BE DETERMINED. Second doses will continue as scheduled.


Congratulations to San Jose’s “Mexican Heritage plaza” for helping vaccinate Latinos, who are at most risk of COVID-19.

When: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30am-4:30pm, first come first serve at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Wristband distribution begins at 9am.

Instructions: Wristbands will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, and will correspond to a specific testing time window. When patients receive a wristband, they may be asked to return during their assigned testing window.

  • No health insurance or doctor’s note is required and it does not impact your immigration status.⁣⁣
  • COVID-19 vaccines for Santa Clara County residents ages 65+ and healthcare workers!


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The Mexican Heritage Plaza (MHP) is now open as a vaccine clinic in partnership with Gardner Health Services and Santa Clara County Public Health.

In an effort to vaccinate the Latino population and people of color most impacted by COVID-19, a walk-up clinic is now up and running in East San Jose for individuals 65 or older and frontline healthcare workers.

“This is the second day, a lot of people here, it’s great to see that even though it’s raining they’re out here in line,” said Omar Rodriguez, Marketing Director for the School of Arts and Culture.

“Some of the sons and daughters are coming in and getting a wristband for their parents who might be a little older and it’s harder for them to get out here.”

The walk-up clinic is the county’s latest effort to create greater access and mitigate COVID-19 disparities in the predominantly Latino community.



“The location itself being La Plaza, being almost the heart of East San Jose, people are familiar with this facility, people trust the facility here already because of the testing work that has been happening,” said Rodriguez.

“It gives you some comfort that you can either maybe walk here and get vaccinated, get tested, and so I think it’s a trust.”

In Santa Clara County, the pandemic has hit communities of color hard but particularly Latino communities, as East San Jose continues to see cases rising.

One of the many challenges for local government and community organizations face in stopping the spread of the virus is getting people tested.

Rodriguez tells KRON4 News since the start of the pandemic, the MHP has changed its focus of being a cultural community hub to providing much-need assistance to its community.



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