Congressional Hispanic Caucus Meets with Small Chain Pharmacies to Discuss Vaccine Equity
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) COVID-19 Task Force met with pharmacy executives from Albertsons, Southeastern Grocers, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Programs & Services/AmerisourceBergen, Ahold Delhaize Pharmacy Brands, and LeaderNET and The Medicine Shoppe/Cardinal Health to learn about the pharmacies’ efforts to ensure an equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Last month, the CHC met with major pharmacy executives from CVS, Kroger, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart. Following the meeting with the small chain pharmacies, CHC Chairman Raul Ruiz, M.D. released the statement below:
“I’d like to thank the executives from Albertsons, Southeastern Grocers, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Programs & Services/AmerisourceBergen, Ahold Delhaize Pharmacy Brands, and LeaderNET/Cardinal Health who met with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members today to express their support for an equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and to further commit to working with our Members to reach the hardest-hit and underserved Latino communities,” said Chairman Dr. Ruiz. “Small pharmacy chains have an important role to play in vaccine distribution to serve rural communities and hard-to-reach communities. The Hispanic community continues to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic with high rates of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.
“I am proud that the American Rescue Plan provides an additional $7.5 billion to track, administer, and distribute COVID-19 vaccines. The CHC is working hard to ensure vaccines reach our communities. Health inequities harm public health overall, and it is critical that COVID-19 vaccines are distributed according to health equity principles. Doing so will not only help stop the spread of COVID-19, but will help ensure critical economic, educational, and social activities resume.”
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.