Beginning in 2023, the shingles vaccine will now be covered by Medicare Part D, the Medicare prescription drug coverage, as part of the Inflation Reduction Act.
“People with Medicare prescription drug coverage will begin to see lower costs as early as 2023 when covered Part D adult vaccines that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), such as the shingles vaccine, will be available at no additional cost to people with Medicare Part D coverage.”
Medicare eligible individuals who have opted out of shingles vaccination due to the cost should check with their healthcare provider in 2023.
Shingles vaccine (Shingrix) is a two-dose series recommended for individuals age 50 and older.
The Grundy County Health Department has the shingles vaccine and can bill most health insurance plans. In addition, the Health Department has a limited number of free doses for Grundy County individuals who are uninsured, available while the supply lasts.
Call (660) 359-4196 to make an appointment for vaccination or to inquire about health department services.