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Pfizer COVID vaccine for ages 12 and up is now available at all ICHS clinics! 
No appointment needed at ICHS clinic pharmacies in International District, Holly Park and Shoreline. Please call 206.788.3700 to make an appointment at our Bellevue Clinic.

Abigail

"I am so grateful for this safety net."

“Abigail” does not wish to use her real name or share her photo.

I came to the United States with my parents to reunite with my grandfather when I was 23 years old. Moving from Guangdong province in China to Seattle was hard. As soon as I arrived, I started working. I sewed clothes for over 15 years in garment factories and then worked at a restaurant in Auburn, cooking food. I didn’t have a good education and never had the chance to learn English. Now, I am 62 years old. I have lived in Seattle’s Beacon Hill area for more than 30 years.

My overall health is good, except for my eyes. I had to stop working last November to get cataract surgery in both eyes. Two months later, my vision is still not clear. My doctor says I need at least another month to recover because of complications. When I was working, my husband and I made $1,200 per month and I paid for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act. Now, I can’t work and my health has changed. I don’t have any income and we have less money to survive.

I asked an in-person assistant at International Community Health Services (ICHS) to help. She enrolled me in Apple Health, which has given me peace of mind.

I know my doctor visits and medicines are covered at no cost. I am so grateful for this safety net. Without health insurance, I would go crazy. I plan to go back on a qualified health plan once my eyes have recovered and I can work again.

I have been a patient at ICHS for 35 years. It is convenient. I can see my doctor and get medicine all at one time, in one place. My family doctor is excellent. My doctor was worried when I lost a lot of weight and after three blood tests came back abnormal. She referred me to Swedish hospital for more tests. The results came back that nothing was wrong. I felt so relieved I was not sick. I am happy I have a doctor and team who care for me.

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