DENVER (CBS4)– Greater than 2.5 million Coloradans have obtained not less than one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, however the state remains to be working to get pictures in additional arms. Mass vaccination websites have made it straightforward to get vaccinated with out an appointment, however some suppliers are making the method tough.
Paulette McMahan-Watson took off work to get her first vaccine. She doesn’t have a car and her work schedule is hard to plan round, so proximity is essential. She was elated to seek out an appointment at a close-by grocery retailer.
“Most of my co-workers have gotten their second pictures, so I’m behind the sport,” mentioned McMahan-Watson. “I by chance confirmed up a couple of days early for my appointment, however they have been going to work me in.”
When her time got here to get the vaccination, the supplier requested for her insurance coverage card. McMahan-Watson advised the supplier she has protection, however she didn’t deliver her card along with her. She figured she didn’t want it.
Earlier this week, Colorado Lawyer Normal Phil Weiser mentioned, “When getting the vaccine, you shouldn’t be requested for an insurance coverage card. You shouldn’t be requested for fee.”
When McMahan-Watson advised the supplier she didn’t have her card, they denied her the vaccine.
“I requested if there was one other means. She mentioned and I quote, ‘If you’re insured, and I enter you as uninsured, you’ll pop again and we received’t receives a commission,’” mentioned McMahan-Watson. “I’m 51 years outdated. I don’t have it on my cellphone like everyone else.”
The COVID-19 vaccine is free, however some suppliers ask insured sufferers to supply proof to cowl distribution charges. In case you’re uninsured, some suppliers solely ask for an ID, or nothing in any respect.
“I’d have been higher off mendacity. What does that say about our healthcare system? Why ought to I’ve to mislead get a shot that we’re all making an attempt to get, so we may be protected?” mentioned McMahan-Watson.
She even supplied to pay the charges insurance coverage would’ve lined, however the supplier mentioned no. Now she’s again at sq. one, on the lookout for extra day off work and one other appointment.
“I suppose I can Uber or Lyft to an appointment,” mentioned McMahan-Watson. “That is my second 12 months in Colorado. My first 12 months was below lockdown. My husband and I wish to go to Purple Rocks for the primary time, we wish to do summer season issues. I would want that vaccine card.”
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