Since the Shingrix vaccine has been discussed in this forum and a lot of us are old folks who perhaps should get this far more effective shingles vaccine (better than the original Zostavax), I thought the following Washington Post article on the incredible demand for the vaccine might be of interest:
UPDATE: Actually, the most important lines out of the article might be on how the vaccine scarcity is making it hard or impossible for users to get the 2nd required booster shot at the recommended interval. A bit contrary to the article, my wife (an M.D.) says of the numbers of patients that she has prescribed the shot to, none have yet been unable to get it in central Texas. Quote from article:
"Complicating the situation is the recommendation for consumers to get their second dose within two to six months of the first. Many consumers are struggling to find their second dose. Pharmacies are supposed to give priority to those patients. Some pharmacies are requiring consumers to get their second dose at the same place they got their first shot. Others will give the second shot if consumers show proof they have gotten the first one, regardless of where. GSK said preliminary data show that more than 70 percent of people have completed the series.
Consumers are understandably confused."