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Don’t give up on getting your community vaccinated. Lua Pritchard sure doesn’t.

Lua Pritchard has been a leader in her community for decades. To gain trust, she says, a leader must be present and available.

“Leaders show up and show their face,” Pritchard said.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, that means working hard to get people vaccinated.

“All they need to do is get dressed,” she said. “I’ll do the rest.”  

Pritchard makes calls, books appointments and even picks people up and drops them off if they need help to get COVID-19 vaccine.

Commitment to increasing vaccine in her community

Pritchard and others saw a need 25 years ago to create a place where people in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community can find resources and support. Today, the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) represents 47 countries and cultures in Pierce County.

Pritchard started as a founding board member and has been the executive director for 11 years.

Her best advice on how to talk to people about vaccine is to take an honest approach.

“Help people understand that vaccines are safe, effective, and the first step to getting out of this pandemic,” she said.

How do we do that? “One conversation at a time,” she said.