Rite-Aid Apologizes for Denying COVID Vaccine to Illegal Aliens

The pharmacy chain Rite-Aid issued an apology to two illegal aliens who were “mistakenly” denied from getting the coronavirus vaccine at two separate locations in Southern California, according to ABC News.

A spokesperson for the company said on Sunday that both women have been invited back to receive their vaccines after the unrelated incidents, which were allegedly the result of employees not following the company’s rules for determine who is eligible for the vaccine. The spokesperson said that the employees involved would be “re-educated” in order to understand that illegals can receive vaccines too.

“In such an unprecedented rollout,” the spokesperson said, “there are going to be mistakes and there will always be areas for providers to improve. We’re seeking out those opportunities every day.”

In one case, the illegal alien’s son, who is currently attending college at UCLA to become an “immigration lawyer,” took to social media to complain about his mother being rejected from getting the vaccine. Sebastian Araujo later posted an update after his mother got her vaccine, saying that he would “still advocate to make sure that no undocumented individuals are denied a covid vaccine because of their immigration status.”

In the second case, the illegal alien who was rejected worked as a babysitter, and her employer eventually complained to the company on her behalf. Kevin Rager, a resident of Orange County, said that the Rite-Aid employee asked her for her Social Security number, and told her that vaccine priority should got to actual American citizens first.

“These questions shouldn’t be asked of any individual,” Rager said, “And our entire county needs to get vaccinated.”

As part of the Biden Administration’s extremely relaxed policies on immigration and support for amnesty and taxpayer-funded benefits for illegals, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement on February 1st saying that the “federal government…fully supports equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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