For the last two weeks, I've tried to find suitable flu shot locations for myself. Turns out my old standby at the NYC vaccination clinic in Chelsea has been closed for months (didn't know). Scattered chain pharmacies have them, but usually $25-$35+ each. I went to Costco ($17.99, cash preferred, American Express, or DEBIT card only: they don't take Visa/MC transactions), but they were out that day. I finally made an appt. with my medical clinic, but because I had previously botched paperwork, change of coverage (on Medicare) etc., I have to wait until February when my paperwork etc. is eligible, but otherwise, they would have been $10/co-pay etc.
I am low-income and slammed with bills this month. I also am trying to get two uninsured people I know to get their shots, but again they are low income. I know at least a decade ago, there used to be infrequent (and low/no publicity) at certain clinics or hospitals which would charge anywhere from $5 to $10 per person, walk-in, until their supplies ran out. They would hold these on specific days/dates only and you usually had to "know".
On Monday, I am planning to go to one of the NYC free clinics http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/imm/im
Does anyone know how insane the wait, procedures, or whatever will be on Monday in Brooklyn? I am hoping to be there before they open (show up at 8:00 AM) and assume there will be an hours-long wait for shots, no matter what. Or if you have any other recs.