Is the shingles vaccine covered by the state’s health insurance plans, and can the state lower the age limit for receiving the vaccine?

Yes, the shingles vaccination is covered.  Two (2) different kinds of shingles vaccines are covered:  Zostavax (zoster vaccine live), which was first approved by the FDA in 2006 and Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine), approved by the FDA in 2017.  Zostavax is covered for those age 60 and older, while Shingrix is covered for those age 50 and older.  Shingrix is a two-dose regimen.  Immunization schedules are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and are subject to change.

 There are no anticipated changes in regards to the Shingles vaccine at this time. Current guidelines can be found under the CDC schedules at

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