Shingles Vaccine

Covered by TRICARE?Limits
Yes Covered for patients age 60 and older at TRICARE network pharmacy or your doctor’s office

TRICARE covers the shingles vaccine, Zostavax, for beneficiaries 60 and older. You can get the vaccine at a participating TRICARE network pharmacy or at your doctor’s office.

Getting Vaccines at TRICARE Network Pharmacies

You can get the shingles vaccine for free at a participating network pharmacy. You can find a pharmacy by:

Getting Vaccines from Your Doctor’s Office

If you want to get the shingles vaccine at your doctor’s office, find out how below.

If you're using: You can get the shingles vaccines from: You'll pay:
  • TRICARE Prime
  • TRICARE Prime Remote
  • TRICARE Prime Overseas
  • TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas
  • TRICARE Young Adult-Prime
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Your primary care manager or any network provider
  • Referral or authorization not required
  • TRICARE Standard and Extra
  • TRICARE Reserve Select
  • TRICARE Retired Reserve
  • TRICARE Young Adult-Standard
  • TRICARE Standard Overseas
  • TRICARE For Life
  • Any TRICARE-authorized provider (network or non-network)
  • Vaccine must be given in the doctor's office. 

TRICARE's deductible and cost share.

Note: If you get the vaccine from your provider, you may have to pay copayments or cost shares for the office visit or other services received during the office visit.


This list of covered services is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers services that are medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. and considered proven. There are special rules or limits on certain services, and some services are excluded.

Did you know?

TRICARE coverage for vaccines is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit the CDC website to learn more.

Last Updated 10/9/2014