Medicare Part D and Shingles Vaccine
Medicare Part D plans help cover the cost of prescription drugs, including vaccinations for shingles.
Shingrix and Zostavax are the two commercially available shingles vaccines, and they tend to cost about $190 to $240 per shot; however, a Medicare Part D plan can cover this cost. Alternatively, a Medicare Advantage plan that includes Part D coverage can also offer similar benefits.
That said, most Medicare Part D plans will have a deductible. Until you reach this deductible, you’ll be responsible for paying for any vaccinations or other drugs.
Medicare and Other Vaccinations
In addition to the shingles vaccine, Medicare Part D plans are required to cover most commercially available vaccinations. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare Part D plans must cover all vaccines that are commercially available, reasonable and necessary to prevent illness, and not covered by Medicare Part B.