Sánchez Joins MAOF, Rite Aid for Vaccine Clinic In Montebello

March 30, 2021
Press Release
660 vaccine appointments made in one day

NORWALK, CA – Today, Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38) was on site in Montebello at the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) headquarters for a Rite Aid COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Over the last month, Rite Aid has been organizing vaccine clinics in vulnerable and underserved California communities. In effort to get more residents in her district vaccinated, Congresswoman Sánchez worked to connect MAOF with Rite Aid for the vaccination clinic.

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On Tuesday in Montebello, where there is a large Latino population, MAOF and Rite Aid were able to register 660 people for a vaccine appointment.

“I thank the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation for teaming up with Rite Aid to deliver vaccines to residents here in Montebello,” said Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez. “Communities like Montebello, like so many communities in Southern California, are made up of working families who have faced higher infection and death rates during this pandemic. As we work to get more people vaccinated, we must prioritize these families and communities. That means making sure people know where to go to get vaccinated, making sure vaccine information is available in Spanish, and bringing resources directly to neighborhoods like Montebello. That is what MAOF and Rite Aid have done here today. I am grateful for their efforts and for all the residents who came out to do their part in ending this pandemic. We must all continue to spread the word that the vaccine is safe, effective, and life-saving.”

“Across our operational footprint, we’re working to build community partnerships that synergize our ability to administer vaccines with hyper-local knowledge and networks,” said Heyward Donigan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rite Aid. “We found exactly that with Congresswoman Sánchez and MAOF. Together, we brought much-needed vaccines directly to a community in need. We thank the Congresswoman and MOAF, and look forward to recreating this success nationwide until the pandemic is defeated.”

“We want to thank Congressmember Linda Sánchez for connecting MAOF with Rite Aid to host the vaccination clinic,” said Martin Castro, President & CEO of MAOF. “The Latino community has been underrepresented in clinics like these.  We have registered over 600 individuals for this clinic. We also want to thank Rite Aid for bringing the vaccine to our community along with pharmacists to administer them.”

“Getting shots in the arms of our residents most in need is a top priority,” said Montebello City Mayor Kimberly Cobos-Cawthorne, who was also on site at the clinic.  “Vaccination clinics like these are vital to overcoming this pandemic and to restore some sense of normalcy.  We are grateful to MAOF, Rite-Aid, and Congresswoman Sánchez for bringing these additional resources to our community.”  

This follows continued advocacy by Congresswoman Sánchez to deliver COVID-19 relief and vaccinations to those in her district, including voting for and passing the American Rescue Plan to deliver direct relief to California families.

For more content or additional information from the event, please contact Mike Cummings at mike.cummings@mail.house.gov.

 

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