Sr Sailor said...
To get back to the topic of this thread, the US government has promised that the covid-19 shot would be free. Yet, I have a feeling that some will be charged, not for the vaccine as such, but for the delivery. I hope I will be wrong.
The "free" part refers to costs above the amount we will all pay for the vaccines through taxes. A news story analyzed the cost per dose the government will be paying and estimates seem to be in line with the costs insurers pay for other similar-category vaccines. I read it's around $40 for the 2 Pfizer doses.
I'm thinking/hoping that the extreme cold needed for the Pfizer vaccine (and short time it can remain at ambient temperature) will mean there are specialized, larger-scale points of inoculation so that "administration fees" will be less likely or more exposed and called out. As far as "free" vaccines that I've gotten that was covered by insurance or by employer (doc's office, CVS, job at a univ. hospital), I've never encountered an additional delivery or administration fee. Also, such a fee might discourage some to get the shot.
The question of mandating a Covid vaccine for schools
is separate but related topic.
Post Edited (DjinTonic) : 11/14/2020 1:23:36 PM (GMT-7)