South Bay Auto Show Adds Vaccination Booth To Increase Inoculations – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (KPIX) – The quiet community of Alviso in San Jose had a buzz on Saturday, with hundreds of cars on display for the 15th annual Santos Family Labor Day Show.
“We probably have around 600 cars today, which is the biggest turnout we’ve ever had,” said Richard Santos. “We really have a variety of cars – you have a $ 200,000 car and maybe a $ 50 car.”
While most people have shown up to check out the cool cars, many have also shown up to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
“Councilor David Cohen called me and said ‘We can make this available’ and I said ‘in a minute!’ Ignorance will kill you, education will set you free, I said ‘take him out’, ”Santos said.
Cohen told KPIX that he thinks the auto show would be a great place for a pop-up vaccination clinic.
“It’s an underserved part of San José and, being a remote part of the city, it often doesn’t have as many services. We have had a few clinics here so we thought we would do it one more time since an event is going on, ”Cohen said. “If we can get the vaccines to where people are and people haven’t had a convenient way to get vaccinated yet, we just want to make sure they get a booster and have convenient access. . If a few people who had not yet been vaccinated get vaccinated today, then we have been successful. “
KPIX met 13-year-old Sebastian Gonzalez and his mother at the auto show. He received his first dose of vaccine while enjoying the comings and goings of classic cars.
“It was interesting to see cars go by while I was getting the vaccine,” he said.
Dr Monica Gandhi, infectious disease expert at UCSF, says pop-up clinics can play an important role in increasing vaccination rates.
“Having mobile pop-up clinics in places where people hang out is a great idea. This is exactly what you can do to normalize it, ”she said. “The best thing we can do is increase our immunization rates even further.”
The delta variant’s thrust is slowing down, she says, but it’s not over yet.
“Now, we have gradually seen the cases go down. They are half of what they were at the peak of the delta wave. This is where we are in the entire Bay Area, ”she said. “In San Francisco itself, we are at half our peak and half the positivity rate of our peak tests via the delta variant. “
Santos is thrilled that his family’s auto show, a community-wide affair, can be part of the larger community-wide solution – forcing COVID-19 to take its foot off the hook. ‘accelerator.
“We had an opportunity and we took it very seriously,” he said.