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Post by Angst » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:50 pm

bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:44 pm
I asked at a CVS today and they said "We only have the 2nd shot at this time' - but if it's the same shot, I wonder why one cannot get the 2nd as the 1st one....
I'm thinking it might be covered under Medicare (part "B"? But there's that deductible). Otherwise it's around 100.00.
I'm not sure, but I can imagine it has something to do with the fact that the people who have already received their 1st shot from this CVS have a time limit over which they need to get their 2nd shot, hence their 2nd shot commands a higher priority than your 1st shot.

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Post by ResearchMed » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:51 pm

bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:44 pm
I asked at a CVS today and they said "We only have the 2nd shot at this time' - but if it's the same shot, I wonder why one cannot get the 2nd as the 1st one....
I'm thinking it might be covered under Medicare (part "B"? But there's that deductible). Otherwise it's around 100.00.
There is a shortage of the vaccine. There is also a recommended time limit from the time one gets the first shot until getting the second shot, for "best practices" coverage.

Presumably they are rationing so the second shots are able to be given, and thus not "waste" those first shots.

Just my guess...

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by bowtie » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:08 pm

Makes sense. Does anyone have info about coverage under Medicare?

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Post by Bigguy14 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:20 pm

The shot is covered on medicare part D. Medicare part B does not cover it. Supply is improving. Anyone looking should ask their pharmacy again if they have it available. I am a pharmacist. We got 30 shots in this week after waiting months for it.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:40 pm

bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:08 pm
Makes sense. Does anyone have info about coverage under Medicare?
DW and I found the vaccine available (finally) at our Kroger pharmacy a couple of weeks ago. My injection was ~$56 OOP--I have Medicare and Part D. DW's was ~$175 (no Medicare). My injection site was very tender afterwards--just now getting back to normal--but no other problems. DW felt terrible after hers for a few days--lethargy, fatigue, lack of appetite, etc. She is not looking forward to Round 2 at all :happy

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Post by GerryL » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:47 pm

Bigguy14 wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:20 pm
The shot is covered on medicare part D. Medicare part B does not cover it. Supply is improving. Anyone looking should ask their pharmacy again if they have it available. I am a pharmacist. We got 30 shots in this week after waiting months for it.
I got my first shot at Costco late in the fall and set a reminder on my calendar to start asking about availability for the second shot as soon as I arrived at the time window. They had told me that they weren't even keeping a list so I would just have to keep calling. So I called at the end of February and was told, "Yeah, we have plenty. Just come on in." Didn't even take my name to hold one dose for me.

Part D saved me a few dollars. I paid about $147 for second dose. Similar to the first.

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Post by UpperNwGuy » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:57 pm

Got my first shot two weeks ago after six months on the waiting list. I'm back on the same waiting list for the second shot.

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Post by kramer » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:10 pm

bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:44 pm
I asked at a CVS today and they said "We only have the 2nd shot at this time' - but if it's the same shot, I wonder why one cannot get the 2nd as the 1st one....
I'm thinking it might be covered under Medicare (part "B"? But there's that deductible). Otherwise it's around 100.00.
I think what they mean by that reply is that they have a limited supply and are only giving the shot to people who already had the first shot (the two shots are identical). Since those people must get the second shot within a certain time window.

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Post by BL » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:28 pm

Got on a waiting list at a hospital pharmacy. They sent me a letter each time with 2 dates that I could come in and get it. No problems with the shots. Tricare for Life covered it.

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Post by dollarsaver » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:22 am

bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:44 pm
I asked at a CVS today and they said "We only have the 2nd shot at this time' - but if it's the same shot, I wonder why one cannot get the 2nd as the 1st one....
I'm thinking it might be covered under Medicare (part "B"? But there's that deductible). Otherwise it's around 100.00.
It is not covered under Medicare Part B. It is covered with Part D. But even with Medicare Part D, there will be a larger co-pay for Shingrix as it is a name brand drug. Yes, the first and second is the same shot.

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by dm200 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:27 am

bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:44 pm
I asked at a CVS today and they said "We only have the 2nd shot at this time' - but if it's the same shot, I wonder why one cannot get the 2nd as the 1st one....
I'm thinking it might be covered under Medicare (part "B"? But there's that deductible). Otherwise it's around 100.00.
I think that makes sense. Yes - it is the same shot, but I suspect they want to have the 2nd shot available within the window for those that got the first shot.

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by dm200 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:28 am

bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:08 pm
Makes sense. Does anyone have info about coverage under Medicare?
My Kaiser Medicare plan covered the shots - 100%, no copay.

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Post by sport » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:57 am

dm200 wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:28 am
bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:08 pm
Makes sense. Does anyone have info about coverage under Medicare?
My Kaiser Medicare plan covered the shots - 100%, no copay.
My Medicare Advantage Plan also covered the shots 100% under the Part D coverage.

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Post by dm200 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:21 am

sport wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:57 am
dm200 wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:28 am
bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:08 pm
Makes sense. Does anyone have info about coverage under Medicare?
My Kaiser Medicare plan covered the shots - 100%, no copay.
My Medicare Advantage Plan also covered the shots 100% under the Part D coverage.
For ours, not sure which part - Part D is included in our plan.
I know we have never been charged anything for any immunizations recommended by our Primary Care Physicians - and we get any and all such shots, including the annual flu shot and the fairly recent "improved" Pneumonia one.
My wife (5 years younger) is still waiting for Kaiser to offer her the Shingrix shots. Kaiser has a "priority" system for making available the limited supply of Shingrix and age is a factor in the calculation/algorithm.

I think there may be some "subjectivity" though. My guess is that I would not have been offered the Shingrix shots last year if I had not specifically asked my PCP about them when I saw her for my annual health assessment last May. I need to bug my wife to ask her PCP about them.

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Post by hicabob » Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:31 am

Just got my #2 shot from Kaiser. Knocked me on my butt again - it feels like a mild flu for a couple days and is the only vaccine I remember reacting like that to. People say its infinitely better than getting shingles though.

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Post by dm200 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:20 am

hicabob wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:31 am
Just got my #2 shot from Kaiser. Knocked me on my butt again - it feels like a mild flu for a couple days and is the only vaccine I remember reacting like that to. People say its infinitely better than getting shingles though.
Yes! I had a mild (but noticeable) reaction to both. You definitely do not want to get a Shingrix shot just before some important event!

My Kaiser PCP told me about the likely reaction(s). She also added that when Kaiser first began offering Shingrix, the Physicians at Kaiser were not sufficiently aware of that issue - so did not properly warn patients - and there were a lot of patients reporting these symptoms. Then, soon after, the Kaiser Physicians were able to warn the patients.

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Post by GerryL » Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:26 pm

hicabob wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:31 am
Just got my #2 shot from Kaiser. Knocked me on my butt again - it feels like a mild flu for a couple days and is the only vaccine I remember reacting like that to. People say its infinitely better than getting shingles though.
Having heard others talk about bad side effects, I was careful to time the shot away from upcoming travel/events -- especially the second shot, which I'd heard might hit the hardest. Happy to add to list of those with no ugly aftermath, aside from a rather large rash-like red spot below the injection site both times. Mild tenderness the first day or two.

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by dm200 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:28 pm

GerryL wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:26 pm
hicabob wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:31 am
Just got my #2 shot from Kaiser. Knocked me on my butt again - it feels like a mild flu for a couple days and is the only vaccine I remember reacting like that to. People say its infinitely better than getting shingles though.
Having heard others talk about bad side effects, I was careful to time the shot away from upcoming travel/events -- especially the second shot, which I'd heard might hit the hardest. Happy to add to list of those with no ugly aftermath, aside from a rather large rash-like red spot below the injection site both times. Mild tenderness the first day or two.
My reactions to both shots were about the same. I was careful as well about the schedule.

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by ResearchMed » Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:29 pm

Bogleheads is amazing!

If I hadn't read it here, I wouldn't have bothered calling our CVS (yet again!).

But yup, they have some.
They are holding *some* for second shots, but they are also giving first shots. Just not advertising the current availability, etc.

I'm going to time it such that I don't have anything important for the next couple of days.

We are also getting final shots of Hep A & B.
Pharmacist said I can get the Shingrix at the same time (and we had no reaction to the earlier Hep shots).
Or perhaps I'll wait a few days between the Hep and the Shingrix (?).

DH isn't supposed to get the Shingrix for now, for medical reasons, until his specialists look into it further, so he can get me Gatorade or chicken soup or cool my fevered brow (!??) or whatever, if I'm among the unlucky... :shock:

Thanks to those who mentioned Shingrix was starting to be available.

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Post by dm200 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:52 pm

ResearchMed wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:29 pm
Bogleheads is amazing!
If I hadn't read it here, I wouldn't have bothered calling our CVS (yet again!).
But yup, they have some.
They are holding *some* for second shots, but they are also giving first shots. Just not advertising the current availability, etc.
I'm going to time it such that I don't have anything important for the next couple of days.
We are also getting final shots of Hep A & B.
Pharmacist said I can get the Shingrix at the same time (and we had no reaction to the earlier Hep shots).
Or perhaps I'll wait a few days between the Hep and the Shingrix (?).
DH isn't supposed to get the Shingrix for now, for medical reasons, until his specialists look into it further, so he can get me Gatorade or chicken soup or cool my fevered brow (!??) or whatever, if I'm among the unlucky... :shock:
Thanks to those who mentioned Shingrix was starting to be available.
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Post by drawpoker » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:00 pm

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......Thanks to those who mentioned Shingrix was starting to be available.
Not here. (Delmarva peninsula) Just asked this week at pharmacy (for umpteenth time) They have none and absolutely no idea when that will change.

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Post by retire2022 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:03 pm

I'm wait listed at Rite Aid, shot one and shot two, perhaps two years later.

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Post by drawpoker » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:09 pm

retire2022 wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:03 pm
....wait listed at Rite Aid, .....
Are you sure? That it's still Rite-Aid? Our local Rite-Aid was taken over by Walgreen's, thought the merger affected all the company locations? Am I wrong about that?

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Post by Mitchell777 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:12 pm

I'm assuming there is no difference in the two shots so do some pharmacies give priority to those that have had the initial shot (vs those waiting for shot one)?

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Post by retire2022 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:17 pm

drawpoker wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:09 pm
retire2022 wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:03 pm
....wait listed at Rite Aid, .....
Are you sure? That it's still Rite-Aid? Our local Rite-Aid was taken over by Walgreen's, thought the merger affected all the company locations? Am I wrong about that?
Yes perhaps where you live, it is Walgreen, in my neighbor in Manhattan they still exist and here is their website.

https://www.riteaid.com/

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Post by ResearchMed » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:20 pm

Mitchell777 wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:12 pm
I'm assuming there is no difference in the two shots so do some pharmacies give priority to those that have had the initial shot (vs those waiting for shot one)?
No difference between the "first" and "second" shot.
And apparently yes, at least some pharmacies are holding some (or all?) for those who have already had shot 1, given the timing window for that second shot.

Our pharmacist, with new supplies, stated explicitly that "some" were being held for those who already had shot 1, but they'd give some to people who had not had it yet.
I got the impression that they aren't making the availability well known, or at least, not for those who haven't had shot 1.

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Post by sport » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:45 pm

ResearchMed wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:20 pm
I got the impression that they aren't making the availability well known, or at least, not for those who haven't had shot 1.
I was just in a pharmacy that had a sign up saying the shots were available. So, it all depends...

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Post by dm200 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:27 am

sport wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:45 pm
ResearchMed wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:20 pm
I got the impression that they aren't making the availability well known, or at least, not for those who haven't had shot 1.
I was just in a pharmacy that had a sign up saying the shots were available. So, it all depends...
I can't recall when Pharmacies began to offer various shots and to promote them - but I do notice that just about every pharmacy not very actively promotes giving various shots. I suppose if the Pharmacy has Shingrix, it will promote it for more business.

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Post by LookinAround » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:46 am

Use the Shingles Vaccine Locator website!!

You need the second shot anywhere from 2 to 6 months after the first (No spot in that timeframe is any better or worse)
  • When i wanted take my 2nd shot i called my local Walgreens which administered the first. They didn't have it
  • I called a large Walgreens near me next, they didn't have it either
  • Then I googled and found the Shingles Vaccine Locator website. I typed in my zip code and called the first Walgreens on the list. They had it. I went and got my shot. Done. Easy-peasy.

I live in a major city. All these Walgreens (including the one that had it) are a walking distance from my house. Without the website, randomly calling to find an in-stock pharmacy is a crap shoot.

p.s. The site isn't "real-time" accurate but is updated weekly to reflect where stock was recently shipped
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Post by dm200 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:48 am

LookinAround wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:46 am
Use the Shingles Vaccine Locator website!!
You need the second shot anywhere from 2 to 6 months after the first (No spot in that timeframe is any better or worse])
  • When i wanted to my 2nd shot i called my local Walgreens which administered the first. They didn't have it
  • I called a large Walgreens near me next, they didn't have it either
  • The I googled and found the Shingles Vaccine Locator website. I typed in my zip code and called the first Walgreens on the list. They had it. I went and got my shot. Done. Easy-peasy.

I live in a major city. All these Walgreens (including the one that had it) are a walking distance from my house. Without the website, calling an in-stock pharmacy is a crap shoot.
True - but I really wanted to get out of the way as soon as possible, so I was glad I could get the second shot in about 3 months.

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Post by LookinAround » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:50 am

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Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:48 am
True - but I really wanted to get out of the way as soon as possible, so I was glad I could get the second shot in about 3 months.
True - I really wanted to get it out of the way too. I got my second shot in 10 weeks! As, like i said, anytime between 2 - 6 months makes no difference

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Post by dm200 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:03 am

LookinAround wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:50 am
dm200 wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:48 am
True - but I really wanted to get out of the way as soon as possible, so I was glad I could get the second shot in about 3 months.
True - I really wanted to get it out of the way too. I got my second shot in 10 weeks! As, like i said, anytime between 2 - 6 months makes no difference
Yes - get it out of the way when there are no issues with having the reactions.

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Post by sawhorse » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:20 pm

The shortage is real. I'm immunocompromised and already got shingles once while immunocompromised. My doctor wants me to get Shingrix, but there is a shortage. The fact that I'm young puts me at the bottom of the waiting list even though medically I would benefit from it more than a healthy old person.

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Post by ResearchMed » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:26 pm

sawhorse wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:20 pm
The shortage is real. I'm immunocompromised and already got shingles once while immunocompromised. My doctor wants me to get Shingrix, but there is a shortage. The fact that I'm young puts me at the bottom of the waiting list even though medically I would benefit from it more than a healthy old person.
Can't you get some sort of medical waiver/preference?

Did you use that locator?
I hadn't known about it, but sure enough, there are several pharmacies near us that are listed (and at least one *does* have it now, but did not before).

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Post by sawhorse » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:30 pm

ResearchMed wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:26 pm
sawhorse wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:20 pm
The shortage is real. I'm immunocompromised and already got shingles once while immunocompromised. My doctor wants me to get Shingrix, but there is a shortage. The fact that I'm young puts me at the bottom of the waiting list even though medically I would benefit from it more than a healthy old person.
Can't you get some sort of medical waiver/preference?

Did you use that locator?
I hadn't known about it, but sure enough, there are several pharmacies near us that are listed (and at least one *does* have it now, but did not before).

RM
I'm not sure. The conversation came up briefly during the visit, and my doctor said she would put me on the medical center's waiting list. It didn't occur to me to try to get it myself from a pharmacy. I didn't even know you could bypass your doctor's office. I'll look into it now.

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Post by dm200 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:33 pm

sawhorse wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:20 pm
The shortage is real. I'm immunocompromised and already got shingles once while immunocompromised. My doctor wants me to get Shingrix, but there is a shortage. The fact that I'm young puts me at the bottom of the waiting list even though medically I would benefit from it more than a healthy old person.
Oh, yes - a real shortage, as best I understand.

The squeaky wheel often gets the grease. Let's hope that this shortage goes away by the end of 2019.

I think, as well, that getting the old Shingles shot can still make sense if you cannot get Shingrix.

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Post by sawhorse » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:37 pm

dm200 wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:33 pm
sawhorse wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:20 pm
The shortage is real. I'm immunocompromised and already got shingles once while immunocompromised. My doctor wants me to get Shingrix, but there is a shortage. The fact that I'm young puts me at the bottom of the waiting list even though medically I would benefit from it more than a healthy old person.
Oh, yes - a real shortage, as best I understand.

The squeaky wheel often gets the grease. Let's hope that this shortage goes away by the end of 2019.

I think, as well, that getting the old Shingles shot can still make sense if you cannot get Shingrix.
The old shingles shot is a live virus. People who are immunocompromised can't get those.

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Post by LookinAround » Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:44 pm

sawhorse wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:30 pm
I'm not sure. The conversation came up briefly during the visit, and my doctor said she would put me on the medical center's waiting list. It didn't occur to me to try to get it myself from a pharmacy. I didn't even know you could bypass your doctor's office. I'll look into it now.
  • Check with your doctor. Make sure you should take the Shingrix vaccine (sounds likely as that's what everyone's waiting on - but, in your case, I'd double check by name)
  • Check with your insurance. Verify it's covered if you get the shot at a Pharmacy or if they have a preferred pharmacy you should use
  • Use the Locator website. It's updated once a week. It has worked for me an others to quickly locate where it's in stock

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Post by Angst » Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:26 pm

LookinAround wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:44 pm
  • Use the Locator website. It's updated once a week. It has worked for me an others to quickly locate where it's in stock
Does anybody happen to know when during the week it's updated?

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Post by SurfCityBill » Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:48 pm

Supplies are tight in California. I was fortunate. My doctor had a stockpile for his patients use.

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Post by GreenGrowTheDollars » Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:40 pm

My doc's office got in a bunch and called patients (like me) who'd had the first dose already. Got the second one 3 days before the 6 month window for suggested administration. :beer

Was a lot smarter this time - scheduled the immunization for a Thursday, felt like bad flu on Friday, much better by Saturday. Arm looked "slapped" for about 4 days. (First time through I had two days of the "flu" effects -- and had to cancel a bunch of client meetings because I got the immunization on a Monday, wiping out Tuesday and Wednesday.)

Very, very glad to have that all behind me. I wonder if my antibody titer is spectacular given the degree of reaction both times? I'm hoping so. Not sure when DH is going to get his first shot, though I keep telling him that my reaction was not the common one. I guess the question is, "Are you feeling lucky?" :mrgreen:

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by munemaker » Tue May 07, 2019 3:25 pm

After having my name on a waiting list for what seems like forever, I was finally notified yesterday that it is available at our pharmacy. I got the shot today. Hopefully I can get the second dose on time.

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by TravelGeek » Tue May 07, 2019 3:42 pm

LookinAround wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:46 am
Use the Shingles Vaccine Locator website!!
Thanks. The site seems to have some issues for me (at the moment ?) - entered zip code and chose 15 mile radius and it's been "processing" for several minutes now.

Wouldn't it be saving Walgreens, CVS and the like a lot of time (phone calls inquiring about availability) if they provided their own "locator" on their website?

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by ResearchMed » Tue May 07, 2019 3:50 pm

TravelGeek wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 3:42 pm
LookinAround wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:46 am
Use the Shingles Vaccine Locator website!!
Thanks. The site seems to have some issues for me (at the moment ?) - entered zip code and chose 15 mile radius and it's been "processing" for several minutes now.

Wouldn't it be saving Walgreens, CVS and the like a lot of time (phone calls inquiring about availability) if they provided their own "locator" on their website?
It's not reliable, unfortunately.

It's recently showed our local CVS (listed about 4 different ways!).
And they either do NOT have it, or it is "only for second shots".
They haven't "had it for first shots" for a long time.

So if you see a supply, call first to see if they really have it, and then, especially if you aren't needing a second shot, if they will actually give a "first" shot at that time.

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by Nowizard » Tue May 07, 2019 4:06 pm

National shortage, but in our area those with the first inoculation are priority when another order arrives to assure the second is administered during the recommended time period. Multiple friends have been concerned but received calls when the vaccine is available during the recommended time period.
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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by bac » Tue May 07, 2019 6:33 pm

My Stop & Shop here in New Jersey has signs saying Shingrix is available. I got mine in April at Wegmans a couple of weeks after being added (for the second time) to a waiting list.

Arm hurt enough that I took naproxen, as advised.

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by Big Dog » Tue May 07, 2019 6:49 pm

bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:08 pm
Makes sense. Does anyone have info about coverage under Medicare?
When I received my second vaccine, the pharmacist said it was covered under my Part B.....(which I found surprising, but didn't question it.) Since I was a new Medicare enrollee, she had not yet entered my Part D info.

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by LookinAround » Tue May 07, 2019 8:52 pm

Big Dog wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 6:49 pm
bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:08 pm
Makes sense. Does anyone have info about coverage under Medicare?
When I received my second vaccine, the pharmacist said it was covered under my Part B.....(which I found surprising, but didn't question it.) Since I was a new Medicare enrollee, she had not yet entered my Part D info.
Your pharmacist is mistaken. Per Medicare.gov https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/shingles-shots
Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) don't cover the shingles shot.
It's covered in Part D. That means one might consider and evaluate when they plan to take the shots as your cost varies in each of the different Part D coverage phases

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Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Post by Big Dog » Tue May 07, 2019 8:59 pm

LookinAround wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 8:52 pm
Big Dog wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 6:49 pm
bowtie wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:08 pm
Makes sense. Does anyone have info about coverage under Medicare?
When I received my second vaccine, the pharmacist said it was covered under my Part B.....(which I found surprising, but didn't question it.) Since I was a new Medicare enrollee, she had not yet entered my Part D info.
Your pharmacist is mistaken. Per Medicare.gov https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/shingles-shots
Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) don't cover the shingles shot.
It's covered in Part D. That means one might consider and evaluate when they plan to take the shots as your cost varies in each of the different Part D coverage phases
Yes, like I said, I was surprised. But the Pharm didn't charge me any copayment so however they are getting paid is on her. (My Part D has a $150 deductible, but dunno if that is waived for vaccines.)

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