Driving through Connecticut I see more and more signs for shingles vaccinations advertised in front of pharmacies. While my eyes see the signs, my mind sees a long needle.
After two of my friends came down with shingles and told me in detail the pain they went through, the vaccination won out.
As a Costco member (and a huge fan of Costco and its employees) I decided to get my shot there, in the Enfield store.
Rob Trimani, the pharmacy manager, has given hundreds of shingle vaccinations over the last two years he has offered it. A sensitive man, Rob promised it wouldn’t hurt.
I was warned that I needed to set aside 40 minutes as the vaccine is frozen and needs to be thawed out – thank God. It is a live virus. By the way, anyone can use the Costco Pharmacy. You don’t have to be a member. They have the best prices for most medication.
But it did, especially when I had to shell out $191 as my health insurer – United Health – refused to cover the vaccination. The only way they said they would pay for some of the cost is if I had gotten it at my doctor’s office, even thought it would have been more expensive if he had to special order it.