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Napolitano Meets with Constituents at Rite Aid COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in La Puente

March 16, 2021
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) met with constituents at a Rite Aid COVID-19 vaccine clinic, which was held at the City of La Puente Community Center and follows Napolitano’s advocacy for retail pharmacies to prioritize hard-hit, vulnerable, and underserved communities like those in her district.

“With under 17% of the adult population vaccinated as of March 8, La Puente has had one of the lowest vaccination rates of all of the cities in my district,” Napolitano said. “This is why today’s mobile clinic and similar regional events are so critical. I will continue to work with my colleagues, the Biden administration, and retail pharmacies to ensure the vaccine is reaching all of our communities.”

Since the rollout of the vaccine Napolitano, along with many of her Congressional Hispanic Caucus colleagues, has spoken with representatives from Rite Aid and other pharmacies, impressing upon them the urgency and importance of equitable vaccine distribution. She is grateful for Rite Aid’s partnership with the City of La Puente to make today’s event a huge success, where 527 residents received a dose of the life-saving vaccine, and she hopes it is the first of many throughout the region.

“I congratulate and thank the City of La Puente for teaming up with Rite Aid to educate the public on the importance of the vaccine and for delivering shots in the arms of over 500 residents,” Napolitano added. “We must all continue to spread the word that the vaccine is safe, effective, and the life-saving tool we need to protect our loved ones and move beyond this pandemic.”

“This partnership is a game changer for La Puente,” said Mayor Charlie Klinakis, City of La Puente. “Congresswoman Grace Napolitano working with Rite Aid and the Federal Government made the vaccines accessible to the most vulnerable members of our community by allowing the City of La Puente to play a direct role in the outreach and registration process.”

“We are proud to partner with Congresswoman Napolitano and Mayor Klinakis,” said Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president and chief pharmacy officer, Rite Aid. “Working with Congresswoman Napolitano and Mayor Klinkas to identify and reach highly-underserved communities is critical to ensuring vaccine equity. We look forward to continuing our work with local, state, and federal officials and community leaders to reach people where they are and help ensure equitable adoption of the vaccines.”

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