Photo caption: Guests of Honor (L-R): Louise Ryan, ACL Regional Administrator, Region X; Clayton S. Fong, NAPCA President and CEO; Shayna Daitch, Seattle Metropolitan Director, Office of Senator Patty Murray; Chuck Paulsen, QFC Health & Wellness Division Leader.
“We are thrilled to have achieved such a positive outcome from this outreach event,” stated Clayton S. Fong, President and CEO of NAPCA. “The high turnout underscores the community’s recognition of the critical role vaccinations play in safeguarding public health. I want to reiterate that seniors who are 65 and older and with underlying conditions have the highest risk of severe outcomes due to COVID-19. People aged 65-75 are 30 times more likely to be hospitalized or die than young adults. This is the best time to get the shots.”
The event not only provided essential vaccinations but also served as a platform for educating Asian seniors about the benefits of immunization and dispelling common misconceptions. Shayna Daitch, Seattle Metropolitan Director of Senator Patty Murray added, “Senator Murray must be so proud of this turnout and your dedication to protecting the community. I’m sure she will continue to fight for all of you.”
Yang Jie Ying and Byun Hyo Seop, two participants at the event: “As seniors who are more vulnerable, we understand getting vaccinated every year is the best way to prevent serious illness from flu and COVID-19. The new shots will give us the best protection. This event has provided easy access to both vaccines. Also, the information given at the seminar was also very current and practical.”
NAPCA extends its deepest gratitude to the dedicated healthcare professionals, volunteers, community members, and local pharmacies whose collective efforts made this event a resounding success. “Through such collaborative initiatives, we strive to build a healthier and more resilient community,” said Clayton S. Fong.
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The NAPCA Helpline is currently available with live support for residents in Los Angeles and Seattle in five different languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Korean. All Helpline counselors are available every Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm PST. The Helpline provides resources and information on the COVID-19, voicemail option to collect stories from older adults and their caregivers, and guided meditations in 8 languages.
English: 1-800-336-2722 | 廣東話: 1-800-582-4218 | 普通话: 1-800-683-7427 | 한국어: 1-800-582-4259 | 日本語: 1-800-398-1117 | Tagalog: 1-800-593-8087 | Tiếng Việt: 1-800-582-4336 | Español: 1-800-948-3844
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
Founded in 1979, NAPCA is a national non-profit organization that preserves and promotes the dignity, well-being and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and diverse older adults. In its 40 years, NAPCA has served over 100,000 diverse older adults through the organization’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE), and its Resource Center. For more information, please visit: www.napca.org.