Good News – Vaccines Covered at No Cost

vaccines, medicare, older asian couple smiling pointing to vaccination bandaid on arm

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, also referred to as the prescription drug law, brings a lot of good news regarding lowered drug costs as all provisions are implemented over the next five years. One of those areas of lowered drug costs is with vaccines. Did you know that as of January of this year, adult vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) are free for people with Medicare Part D? Some of these vaccines covered at no cost include:

  • Shingles
  • Tetanus/diphtheria (Td)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) (Tdap)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

Flu shots, COVID-19 vaccines, and pneumococcal shots are also still covered by Medicare.

For more information, see Medicare’s webpage, saving money with the prescription drug law.

Also see the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) timeline for implementing the prescription drug law and what’s happening when.

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.