On November 15, 2023

Dr. Dynasaur pays for Covid vaccinations only in a doctor’s office


Dear Editor,

At the end of September, I talked to my daughter’s pediatrician about getting a current Covid vaccination for my 12-year-old daughter. The office told me (which I know to be true, having heard this from Health Commissioner Mark Levine through many news outlets) that the state has prioritized doling out vaccinations to pharmacies, and thus  we were told that we were better off seeking vaccination at CVS or the like.

Because of the long lines at Costco (it takes only walk-ins), I ended up making an appointment for her at CVS — which could be only on Oct. 27, because it had run out of its first round of vaccinations and wasn’t taking any appointments until it received a new batch.

We dutifully arrived at CVS in Colchester on Oct. 27, only to be told — five minutes before our appointment — that Dr. Dynasaur doesn’t pay for vaccinations at pharmacies for anyone under 18, and will pay for them only if they’re administered in a doctor’s office. Of course, they said, I could pay out-of-pocket: $192.

We left. That price is gouging. Further, I’m livid that no one informed me or knows that Dr. Dynasaur pays for vaccinations administered only in a doctor’s office. That doctor’s offices have no vaccination to offer means that those children who receive Medicaid via Dr. Dynasaur have absolutely no way to get vaccinated. 

I’m appalled. Shame on the state of Vermont. 

Elaine Cissi,
South Burlington

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