Heh. My father tried to get it. He checked with his insurance and he couldn’t just head down to Walgreens and get the shot, it had to be administered by his doctor or they wouldn’t pay for it. He says, “sure, no problem,” and went over to his doctor’s office.
Slight problem. They don’t have the refridgeration unit required to store the vaccine. It’s apparently too expensive. And it turns out that the vaccine must be injected within 20 minutes or so of removal or it goes bad.
He calls the insurance company, who agrees that is indeed how the vaccine works. It needs special refridgeration until it’s ready to be used. He tells them that his doctor is unable to keep the vaccine in stock, but he could just go to Walgreens and get it, since they have their own nurse available to administer it right there.
They tell him he can’t use their nurse. In fact, if anybody but his doctor gives him the vaccine they aren’t paying for it. But they have a standard procedure for when this problem comes up. “No worries,” they tell him, “we run into this a lot. Here’s what we’ll do.”
Their plan: Ship the vaccine to the doctor who then calls my father when it arrives and he pops on down to the doctor’s office for a quick shot. All nice and neat, huh?
Well, no. See, they can’t say when the vaccine will arrive with more accuracy than two to three weeks. So all my father has to do is make sure he spends an entire week less than 20 minutes from his doctor’s office during business hours.
I think that’s when he gave up trying to get it.