Partnership of county, cities and nonprofits provides easier access to shots

Photo by Marty Cheek
Linda Clark, a resident of Wheeler Manor, receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot from a Gilroy firefighter at Gilroy Senior Center Feb. 17.

By Marty Cheek

Under pop-up tents at the Gilroy Senior Center parking lot, the prick of a needle into the arm took less than a minute. At the mobile vaccination clinic Feb. 17, about 200 senior citizens gained a sense of relief after they received inoculation protection against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among them was Joanne Fierro. She is well aware the shots can be a matter of life and death for older residents who are at very high risk of severe illness if they catch COVID-19. The longtime Gilroy resident’s face beamed with joy when she finished the process of getting her inoculation along with Dolores and Leonard, a couple of her friends who accompanied her to the walk-in event.

Photo by Marty Cheek A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccination injection by a Gilroy firefighter Feb. 17 at the Gilroy Senior Center mobile clinic.

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