Does Medicare Cover Shingles Vaccine?

Learn if Medicare covers the cost of your shingles vaccination

by Ray Wilson+ on Dec 09, 2015 | 2 Comments

The shingles vaccine is given in one dose and has a 51% effective rate at reducing the risk of developing shingles. It is suggested that adults 60 and over get the one dose shot to help prevent getting shingles, even if you have not had chicken pox*. The shingles vaccine can be expensive, so the big question is, does Medicare cover it?

Does Medicare Cover Shingles Vaccine?

Medicare Part A and Part B does not cover the shingles vaccination.

Does Medicare Supplement Cover Shingles Vaccine?

Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans only cover what Original Medicare covers, so, no, Medigap does not cover the shingles vaccine.

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Does Medicare Advantage Cover Shingles Vaccine?

Medicare Advantage may offer coverage of the shingles vaccination. It will depend if your Medicare Advantage includes drug coverage, if your plan includes drugs, then more than likely it will cover part of cost of the vaccine.

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Does Medicare Part D Cover Shingles Vaccine?

Most Part D plans, also known as, prescription drug plans, will cover part of the cost of your shingles vaccination. Click here to learn more about Part D or here to get a Medicare prescription drug plan quote.

*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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By Gary on May 13, 2019

Hello. I have Medicare-Plan A and Plan B. I also have a supplement which is Plan N. I am in Connecticut. Is the 2-part shingles vaccine covered at all? Thank you

Hello Gary,
As the article states, Medicare Supplement (Medigap) does not cover the shingles vaccine. That would fall under the Part D drug plan.
-Eric from

By Gayle Mitchell on March 17, 2016

Can I deduct premiums for Medicare Plan B, Plan D, Plan F? Can I deduct the annual cost of my MDVIP primary care MD. ($1850 annual) Can I deduct the copayment I had to pay for my shingles shot? $197 Can I deduct cost of prescription costs my Plan D not cover?

You will want to contact your tax professional to find out what you can deduct. Please give one of our licensed independent insurance agents a call at 800-930-7956 if you have any questions about changing your Medicare Supplement plan or your Part D coverage.
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