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How to Save Money on Major Vaccinations at CVS

May 13, 2021

How to Save Money on Major Vaccinations

Although COVID has been the center of our focus at the moment with vaccine distribution now finally well underway, besides COVID there are a slew of other important health concerns and illnesses that we should not ignore that are also preventable by vaccine. It’s important to be aware of these vaccinations and stay on top of them to maintain optimal health for you and your loved ones.

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However, we understand that it’s easy to forget and lose track of routine immunizations and vaccinations you may need. Thankfully, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made it easier for you to keep up with the advised schedule for vaccinations for children and adults. CVS, the hugely popular retail pharmacy is also providing assistance to consumers offering access to a wide variety of important vaccinations 

While CVS is a go-to for your typical pharmacy products as well as prescription medications, what you may not have known is it is also a top destination for consumers to catch up on vital vaccinations. Throughout its CVS Pharmacy, MinuteClinic, and CVS INside Target locations, CVS offers up to 16 different vaccines for many major health concerns. 

Keep in mind, you should not receive any other vaccination within a 2 weeks span of your COVID vaccination. Therefore, if you have an upcoming COVID vaccine appointment or got one recently, it is recommended by health officials that you wait at least weeks after before you take another vaccine. 

Besides the COVID-19 vaccine, CVS also offers vaccinations for other major illnesses including Influenza, Shingles, and Ttdap, to name a few.

In this article,  we will be addressing the top questions regarding vaccinations, to help you better navigate the process of getting vaccinated as well as save money on vaccines. 

Common Questions About Vaccines

1. How Do I Get an Appointment for a Vaccine? 

To receive a COVID-19 vaccination, you must make an appointment ahead of time. However, you can typically walk in to your local CVS that is offering the vaccine you are looking for to receive most other vaccinations. You can also schedule same-day appointments for vaccines as well as complete the required questionnaire online for the vaccine you are seeking, ahead of your appointment. It is advised that you check with your CVS pharmacy beforehand to ensure that the vaccine you are looking for is available. 

2. What is the Typical Cost of Vaccines?

Below are the typical costs of major vaccines you can find at CVS

  • Flu vaccine: $69.99 

  • High-dose flu vaccine: $69.99

  • Shingles vaccines: Range from $180 to $200 per dose. Check with your local CVS to determine the exact cost. 

  • COVID-19 vaccine: Free (paid for by government) 

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis): $77

If you have access to a MinuteClinic, the rates for the above vaccinations may be better and more affordable. 

What is MinuteClinic? 

MinuteClinic is a walk-in clinic as part of CVS where consumers can receive health screenings, treatments for illnesses, as well as vaccinations. There are more than 1,100 CVS Pharmacy and Target locations in which you can find a MinuteClinic. Note that while COVID-19 vaccines are not available through MinuteClinic, you can receive a variety of other in-demand vaccines in its locations. 

Below are the typical prices of vaccines at MInuteClinic that are commonly requested: 

  • Flu vaccine for age 18 months and up: $50

  • Flu vaccines for adults over: $18

  • High-dose flu vaccine: $70

  • Shingles vaccine: $179

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis): $95

  • Td (tetanus and diphtheria) : $75

As you can see above, you can obtain savings on many major vaccinations at MinuteClinic.

Will Insurance Cover Your Vaccine? 

CVS currently recognizes over 5,0000 health insurance plans for vaccinations. As routine vaccinations fall under the category of preventative care according to the Affordable Care Act,  most people with private insurance may be charged a zero copay for routine vaccinations. 

Check with your local CVS pharmacy as well as your health plan to see what your coverage is for various vaccinations.