“Flu Vaccines Abundant and Free on Capitol Hill,” is the headline in today’s on-line Washington Post.
While many Americans search in vain for flu shots, members and employees of Congress are able to obtain them quickly and at no charge from the Capitol’s attending physician, who has urged all 535 lawmakers to get the vaccines even if they are young and healthy.
I can (sometimes) see the efficiency rationale for this, but it is funny to see our Representatives try to defend their special treatment:
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), 62, said in an interview yesterday: “I haven’t done it yet, but I want to. We’re not in the priority category” set by the CDC. “But I think the [Capitol’s] doctor makes a good case. We can pick it up and spread it” through interactions with constituents.
Here is the article.