Dear neighbors,

It was a pleasure to see many of you at the Park Chat event my colleagues and I held at Stewart Heights Park last month. Now, I’d like to invite you to our event coming up tomorrow.

My colleagues, Speaker Laurie Jinkins, Rep. Jake Fey, and I will host another 27th Legislative District Park Chat on Tuesday, August 31, from 3 to 5 pm at Lincoln Park.

Your phone or navigation device is likely to lead you to this address for the park: 801 S 37th St, Tacoma. However, look for us at the picnic tables on the S. Thompson Ave. side of the park. There are only so many picnic tables, so please consider bringing along your own chair!

While the event will be outdoors, please bring a mask in case you’re unable to socially distance. See you there!

The COVID-19 Vaccine and Battling the Delta Variant

I’ve heard from a lot of constituents who are reluctant to get vaccinated. Now that the Pfizer vaccine has been fully approved by the Food & Drug Administration, I hope to see more people getting vaccinated.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is important to me because several of my family members have conditions that affect their ability to fight off the virus, and these are also the members of our community who are most at risk of dying from this disease.

But what’s equally important is safeguarding the health and wellness of our children who are too young to be vaccinated. Last week, a 6-year-old member of our family finished her first week of mandatory in-person school in another state and promptly became sick with a COVID-19 infection. Every infection causes a ripple effect throughout our community. Not only is this small child suffering, but her mom is now unable to help care for sick kids  at the hospital where she is a nurse in high demand due to major staffing shortages thanks to surging COVID cases and the Delta variant.

I know it’s possible my family’s experience has not convinced some of my readers to get vaccinated. I’ve also included below a list of reasons to get vaccinated that are linked to articles, studies, and advice from medical experts. I encourage you to reach out to your personal medical provider for information and guidance about what’s right for you.

And remember, people who are fully vaccinated but have certain conditions affecting their immune systems may now be eligible for a third dose of the vaccine. Talk to your primary care physician to find out more, or check out the latest from the Department of Health.

8 Reasons to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine NOW (if you haven’t already)

  1. The Delta variant is much more contagious than other strains of the virus and is accelerating the pandemic.
  2. Delta is impacting younger age groups more than previous variants.
  3. Unvaccinated people are about 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated according to a recent study.
  4. If you need to be hospitalized, you may not find a hospital that can help. The COVID-19 outbreak in our state is now so bad that hospitals are running out of intensive care beds as case numbers near record highs.
  5. The COVID-19 vaccine has been carefully tested for safety. The FDA has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines should soon follow.
  6. It will help protect our unvaccinated kids from getting sick and dying. Child COVID-19 cases have seen a fourfold increase over the past month.
  7. Getting vaccinated is the right thing to do to protect yourself, your family, and your community from serious illness or death.
  8. More vaccinations for COVID-19 mean a faster return to normal so you can fully enjoy the freedom to carry on with your daily life.

Don’t wait another second, get vaccinated NOW! Waiting too long allows the virus to continue spreading in the community and allows new variants to emerge. The sooner you get vaccinated, the sooner you are protected and the sooner we can contain the pandemic.

Upcoming vaccination events in Pierce County

Registration is open for these events. You can sign up for a spot below or stop by and get vaccinated. No appointment necessary. 

Click on an event for more information, and click here for more dates and times.

EVENT DATE/TIME
Lakewood Towne Center, Lakewood – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 08/30/2021 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lakewood Towne Center, Lakewood – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 08/31/2021 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Graham-Pierce County Library – Pfizer vaccine 08/31/2021 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Trinity Church Food Bank, Tacoma – Pfizer vaccine 08/31/2021 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Goodwill, Spanaway – Pfizer vaccine 08/31/2021 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Resurrection Lutheran Church, Tacoma – Pfizer vaccine 09/01/2021 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
South Hill Mall, Puyallup – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 09/01/2021 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Lakewood Towne Center, Lakewood – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 09/01/2021 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
City of Roy Community Center, Roy – Pfizer vaccine 09/01/2021 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Casual and Connected: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Tacoma – Pfizer vaccine 09/01/2021 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
South Hill Mall, Puyallup – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 09/02/2021 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Lakewood Towne Center, Lakewood – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 09/02/2021 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pierce County Library, Parkland/Spanaway – Pfizer vaccine 09/02/2021 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Lakewood Towne Center, Lakewood – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 09/03/2021 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
South Hill Mall, Puyallup – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 09/03/2021 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Casual and Connected: Key Peninsula Community Council, Lakebay – Pfizer vaccine 09/03/2021 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
South Hill Mall, Puyallup – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 09/04/2021 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Lakewood Towne Center, Lakewood – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 09/04/2021 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lakewood Towne Center, Lakewood – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 09/05/2021 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lakewood Towne Center, Lakewood – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 09/06/2021 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

See more dates and times

 

Sen. Darneille sits at her desk on the Senate floor making notes with a pen and paper.

That’s all for today! As always, my office welcomes your input on the issues facing our community and policies the Legislature is considering, so please reach out! You can contact us at Jeannie.Darneille@leg.wa.gov. Take care. Watch your distance. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. GET VACCINATED!

Sincerely,

Jeannie Darneille written in cursive (signature).

Sen. Jeannie Darneille