The Marshfield Senior Center is pleased to announce that on Sept. 8 it has been awarded a $10,000.00 grant by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) for the COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Uptake Initiative. The program is supported with funding from the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The grant will support Marshfield Senior Center’s work in making it as easy as possible for older adults and people with disabilities to get their updated vaccinations and protect their health.
Marshfield Senior Center will use the funds to reach all seniors in Webster County with trusted information and support getting to vaccine appointments. Marshfield Senior Center will also host vaccine clinics, with the first one scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. –
Today, nearly nine out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 are among people 65 and over, and 70-85% of seasonal flu-related deaths occur in older adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While lifesaving vaccines are available, research shows COVID-19 vaccine uptake has slowed among older adults. Thanks to this grant, Marshfield Senior Center will organize a robust vaccination program to address this challenge in the Marshfield Community.
“We are thrilled to be able to help protect our seniors through this vaccination program, and so
happy that the NCOA recognizes and supports our vaccine initiative,” said Chris Parker, SeniorAge Center Lead of Marshfield Senior Center.
About the National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person’s right to age well. NCOA believes that how we age should not be determined by gender, color, sexuality, income, or ZIP code. Working with thousands of national and local partners, NCOA provides resources, tools, best practices, and advocacy to ensure every person can age with health and financial security. Founded in 1950, NCAO is the oldest national organization focused on older adults. Learn more at www.ncoa.org and @NCOAging.
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