Most people with insurance will pay nothing for the flu shot at pharmacies, clinics and doctor’s offices, as it’s covered under preventive services in the Affordable Care Act.
The shots are being offered in a variety of locations.
Flu shots are now available on a walk-in basis at the Hall County Health Department at 1290 Athens St. in Gainesville.
Shots are available 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Friday.
The cost for the flu shot is $25 or the co-pay amount.
The health department accepts cash, credit and debit cards, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, PeachCare, Amerigroup, WellCare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Coventry and UnitedHealthcare (state health benefit plan).
Patients need to bring their insurance card.
The cost at CVS Minute Clinic is $45 for a regular shot and $70 for a high-dose shot.
However, “payment responsibility may vary based on your insurance coverage,” according to the CVS website.
The cost is $40.99 for the regular shot and $66.99 for the high-dose shot at CVS pharmacies.
Walgreens charges $36.99 for a regular shot and $119.99 for high-dose.
It costs $40 for the quad flu shot and $60 for the high-dose shot at the Kroger.
Costs at other pharmacies are $42 at Publix, $39.99 at Wal-Mart (could be lower with discount card from doctor) and Rite Aid, $30 at both Riverside Pharmacy in Gainesville and Sam’s Club in Oakwood, and $25 at Citizens Pharmacy in Flowery Branch.
Medical Park Pharmacy will offer flu shots but doesn’t have them yet. Lula Pharmacy will have flu shots but doesn’t have all the vaccines or their cost yet.
“We offer flu shots for our patients who are high-risk,” said Liz Coates, spokeswoman at Good News Clinics, a free clinic for uninsured people who meet income criteria. “Chronic illness patients get first preference because our number of vaccinations is limited, unfortunately. We cannot offer them to the general public or all of our patients.”
Once the Hall County Family Health Center receives its flu shots, they will be available to Hall County employees, their dependents and county retirees. They are free and will be available during regular clinic hours for a specific period of time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people 6 months or older get the shot. A “high-dose” flu vaccine is recommended for people 65 and older, according to the health department.