Why getting your Shingrix vaccine at the pharmacy matters
There are several benefits to getting vaccinated at a pharmacy versus a doctor's office, and these benefits may vary depending on the individual's circumstances. For Medicare beneficiaries, cost is the biggest factor. Some potential benefits include:
Convenience: Pharmacies are often more convenient for people because they may have longer hours or may be located closer to their homes. Additionally, pharmacies typically allow for walk-ins, while doctor's offices may require appointments.
Cost: Medicare often covers the cost of vaccines, but only if administered at the pharmacy. If you receive your vaccine at the doctor's offices, they may charge a fee for administering them and Medicare will not cover the cost of the vaccine. In contrast, many pharmacies offer vaccines at no out-of-pocket cost for Medicare beneficiaries.
Access: Some people may have difficulty accessing healthcare providers, but pharmacies are often more accessible. This can be especially true for people who live in rural areas or who have mobility issues.
Education: Pharmacists are trained to provide education about medications and vaccines. They can answer questions about the vaccine, potential side effects, and any other concerns that people may have.
Availability: Depending on the vaccine, pharmacies may have more availability than doctor's offices. This can be especially true during flu season, when demand for vaccines is high.
Getting the shingles vaccine on Medicare at a pharmacy can be a smart choice for several reasons. First, the shingles vaccine is a preventive measure that is recommended for people over the age of 50. Many pharmacies have trained pharmacists who can provide education and guidance on the vaccine and its benefits. Additionally, pharmacies often have more availability for the vaccine, making it easier for people to get vaccinated. Finally, many Medicare beneficiaries have a limited income, and the cost of the vaccine can be a barrier to getting vaccinated. Pharmacies often offer the shingles vaccine at no out-of-pocket cost for Medicare beneficiaries, making it more accessible and affordable. Overall, getting the shingles vaccine at a pharmacy can be a convenient, cost-effective, and accessible way for Medicare beneficiaries to protect themselves from this painful and potentially debilitating condition.
If you have questions about where to get your vaccine, please call your local agent at Utah Avenue Insurance. Whether you have a Medicare Advantage plan, Medicare Supplement plan or Prescription drug plan, we can help you know where to the care and services you need. We'd be happy to help you understand your benefits and get the most out of your Medicare plan.