East San Jose roller rink becomes mass COVID-19 vaccination site

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Santa Clara County has partnered with Stanford Health Care to open a mass COVID-19 vaccination site inside a roller rink in East San Jose.

The vaccination site at Aloha Roller Rink in the Eastridge Mall opened Friday as a drop-in clinic.

Aloha Roller Rink in East San Jose has transformed into a mass COVID-19 vaccination site.
Photo credit Jennifer Hodges/KCBS Radio

“I recognize that the more that we help you guys get to your vaccine levels that we need, then the sooner we will be able to get to that yellow tier, and I will be able to reopen again,” Liz Ruiz, the owner of Aloha Roller Rink, said.

County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said that the clinic is located in an area of the county that has seen some of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases.

“One of the census tracks not too far out in this area has almost 15 percent COVID-19 positivity rate,” she said. “Now, I want to relate that to some parts of the county that have as low as 2 percent.”

Officials said the new site is part of the county’s strategy to ensure equitable and robust access to vaccines in East San José and Gilroy.

Aloha Roller Rink in East San Jose has transformed into a mass COVID-19 vaccination site.
Photo credit Jennifer Hodges/KCBS Radio.

Aloha Roller Rink will transition next week from drop-in only vaccinations, to a blend of appointments and drop-in availability.

Starting Monday, the site will operate seven days a week.

Capacity will ramp up to 2,000 vaccinations a day if supply allows.