Ruiz Calls for More Vaccines for Constituents

February 24, 2021
Press Release
Urges Walgreens and Rite Aid Pharmacies to Prioritize Eastern Riverside County in Vaccine Expansion Plan

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) continued his advocacy to bring more vaccines to residents in California’s 36th District. In a letter to the CEOs of Walgreens and Rite Aid, Ruiz called on the retail pharmacies to prioritize hard-hit, medically underserved communities like those in California’s 36th district as they expand the number of locations offering vaccinations in the coming months.

“As a physician and public health expert, I have been aggressively advocating for more vaccines in my district,” wrote Dr. Ruiz. “I understand that you will be expanding the number of locations that offer vaccinations as supply increases in the coming months. As you consider your expansion plan, I urge you to prioritize locations in the hardest hit, highest risk underserved communities in California’s 36th district in eastern Riverside County.”

You can read the letter to Walgreens CEO here and the letter to RiteAid CEO here.

Ruiz also noted the role retail pharmacies can play in reducing vaccine hesitancy.

“[Retail pharmacies] can also help disseminate important vaccine information and help patients overcome vaccine hesitancy – in doing so they can significantly contribute to saving lives and ending the pandemic,” wrote Dr. Ruiz.