Written by Yuzheng Lin
Translated by H.B. Qin
Edited by Ida Eva Zielinska
With the annual flu season approaching, the Tzu Chi USA Northwest Region San Francisco Branch joined forces with Walgreens Pharmacy to co-sponsor a free flu shot event for the third year in a row to help boost Chinatown residents’ immunity and avoid a dual infection of flu and COVID-19. The event, held on September 3 at Central Chinese High School in America, was designated for residents aged three and above who don’t have health insurance or whose coverage doesn’t include flu shots. Care recipients did not require an appointment, and by the end of the day, 150 people received flu shots with the help of 25 volunteers.
Shun Yan, another pharmacist at Walgreens Pharmacy, said, “This is the first time I participated in this event. I can feel the volunteers’ enthusiasm. I administered 60 shots, very happy. I hope I can participate next year.”
As the event took place close to the back-to-school date in California, apart from protecting students’ health with the flu shots, for the sake of the children’s peace of mind, Tzu Chi prepared new school year gifts for them, including new backpacks, books, uniforms, and other school supplies.
Parents and students all expressed their gratitude. Bingzuo Xie, one of the parents, said, “I came here today for the vaccination, and my child got a school uniform and two new school backpacks. They can go to school with new backpacks!”
The September 3 flu shot and back-to-school supply distribution seamlessly combined health protection with charity care. Moreover, as with all of Tzu Chi’s activities, it helped volunteers tailor future aid programs and distributions.
At the same time, the volunteers hoped to inspire giving to help those in need in the future and introduced the Tzu Chi bamboo bank story to the care recipients, among whom 47 families took one home.
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