CVS to give free flu shots to unemployed

Unemployed and uninsured residents of the Twin Cities metro area may soon be able to get free seasonal vaccines from CVS Caremark pharmacies. Read more

Since: Aug 09

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Sep 24, 2009
Nice gesture, but I wonder why these folks are more deserving of a share of the limited supply of vaccines than at-risk kids or elderly folks?
huh

Palo Alto, CA

#2 Sep 24, 2009
who says they are? At risk kids and elderly generally already qualify for free flu shots. How much you want to bet this is only for those who are collecting unemployment?!
Incredible70 wrote:
Nice gesture, but I wonder why these folks are more deserving of a share of the limited supply of vaccines than at-risk kids or elderly folks?

Since: Aug 09

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Sep 24, 2009
huh wrote:
who says they are? At risk kids and elderly generally already qualify for free flu shots. How much you want to bet this is only for those who are collecting unemployment?!
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O...K...

Thank you for summarizing the article for me. What I'm asking is this:

There is a shortage of vaccine. In fact, it is 2 articles down the list right now on the PP webpage. If they give shots to all the unemployed folks...again, I'm not saying it is a bad thing, but asking this question...if they give shots to any unemployed person regardless of their demographic, are they taking doses AWAY from kids and the elderly?

We are being told from everywhere "Please wait to get your shot so that these high-risk groups get them first". So, I can only take 2 things away from this move by CVS:

1) Being unemployed somehow makes folks become high-risk for getting the flu, or

2) People that are high-risk, but working, are less entitled to those doses than the unemployed

My question has nothing to do with free vs paid. My question has to do with 'who' gets the first crack at the limited doses.
Sam

Plymouth, MN

#4 Sep 24, 2009
1) Did CVS somehow get its hands on a supply of vaccine?

2) Is CVS using its supply as a marketing gimmic to draw customers?

3) Is CVS circumventing prioritization needed to protect the most vulnerable?

4) Is this another example of USA's failed health care system, or providing free vaccine to the needy NOT available in socialist countries is an advantage only available in the capitalist USA?

5) How do you prove you are unemployed or needy?

6) This sounds like a gimmic to me..

YoMammy

United States

#5 Sep 24, 2009
Do they really need them? Not like they are spending time around others, they are sitting at home.......

Since: Aug 09

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Sep 24, 2009
Sam wrote:
1) Did CVS somehow get its hands on a supply of vaccine?
2) Is CVS using its supply as a marketing gimmic to draw customers?
3) Is CVS circumventing prioritization needed to protect the most vulnerable?
4) Is this another example of USA's failed health care system, or providing free vaccine to the needy NOT available in socialist countries is an advantage only available in the capitalist USA?
5) How do you prove you are unemployed or needy?
6) This sounds like a gimmic to me..
1) This is probably through their Minute-Clinic branding, so yeah, they got a supply, just like everyone else.

2) Absolutely. They are certainly expecting repeat business, or people to buy something else while they are there. Grocery stores do it each week...they are called loss-leaders. If all you buy is the stuff on sale, the store loses money, but who doesn't throw in a bag of chips and some dish soap while there are there too?

3) I think that is the big question, though I seriously doubt there is really any shortage...

4) Ummmm...yes? I don't totally understand your question.

5) Prob just bring a check stub or printout from the UI website and photo ID. Simple enough.

6) Yup...

Since: Aug 09

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Sep 24, 2009
YoMammy wrote:
Do they really need them? Not like they are spending time around others, they are sitting at home.......
Yeah...I was going to say that too. They should be the least likely to get it if they are at home all day. But I suppose they need to go out for groceries at some point...
you dont say

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Sep 24, 2009
Incredible and Sam:

the article doesn't say the program begins now. It doesn't say when it begins.
It doesn't say unemployed people get preference over children or the elderly.
Perhaps the unemployed would just stand in line like everyone else and wait to get their shot, but when it comes to paying for it, its on the house.

Try to read the whole article, but try NOT to read too much into it.
Javier

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Sep 24, 2009
YoMammy wrote:
Do they really need them? Not like they are spending time around others, they are sitting at home.......
You, and the rest of the lazy ones are. Others are out volunteering, interviewing, etc.
Workaday Oakdale Brother

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Sep 25, 2009
Bravo, CVS!

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