Is It Covered?

Search the A-Z list for a list of covered services. Your coverage and out-of-pocket costs may vary based on who you are and your health plan option.

Shingles Vaccine

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
  • Any TRICARE-authorized provider(network or non-network)
  • Vaccine must be given in the doctor's office.
  • 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.

Did you know?

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


This A-Z list of topics is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers most inpatient and outpatient care that is medically necessary and considered proven. However, there are special rules or limits on certain types of care, while other types of care are not covered at all.

Last Updated 9/9/2014