UnitedHealthcare will include Shingrix® vaccination as a covered preventive service benefit for adults age 50 and over beginning April 1, 2018 with network coverage at no cost share. Shingrix® is paid as a preventive under the medical benefit, not the pharmacy benefit.

The FDA approved the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix®, for the prevention of herpes zoster in adults ages 50 and over on October 20, 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adopted the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations on Shingrix® on January 26, 2018.

According to the ACIP recommendation, Shingrix® is:

  • Recommended for healthy adults ages 50 years and older to prevent shingles and related complications;
  • Recommended for adults who previously received the Zostavax® shingles vaccine to prevent shingles & related complications;
  • The preferred vaccine for preventing shingles and related complications.

UnitedHealthcare network coverage for the Shingrix® vaccine at no cost share is available through most:

  • Contracted physician’s offices
  • Contracted urgent care centers
  • National convenience care clinics*
  • MinuteClinic® located in CVS®, Target® and Longs Drugs
  • Walgreens® Healthcare Clinic
  • RediClinic® located in Rite Aid® and H-E-B®
  • The Little Clinic® located in Kroger®
  • Walgreens® Healthcare Clinic
  • Walmart® Care Clinic

– National retail pharmacies* that are contracted to administer the vaccine.

* Eligible members may show their health plan ID cards to receive the Shingrix® vaccine on a walk-in basis from these national providers

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