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Paying For Vaccines

If you’re uninsured, there’s help to pay for vaccines.

Resources for Adults

If you do not currently have health insurance, Nevada participates in the 317 Vaccine program for adult vaccines. Find a Clinic Location near you.

As of January 1st, 2023, Medicare now completely covers all routinely recommended vaccines! This means that seniors with a Medicare drug plan will have no copay for the vaccines they need, including ones to prevent shingles and pneumococcal diseases.

Vaccines for Children Program

The Vaccines for Children program (VFC) helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. If you don’t have a regular healthcare provider, the program can connect you to clinics and resources. 

Who is eligible?

If you meet one of the following requirements, your child is eligible for the VFC Program:

  • Medicaid eligible – a child who is eligible for the Medicaid program. (For the purposes of the VFC program, the terms “Medicaid-eligible” and “Medicaid-enrolled” are equivalent and refer to children who have health insurance covered by a state Medicaid program.)
  • Uninsured – a child who has no health insurance coverage
  • American Indian or Alaska Native – as defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1603)
  • Underinsured – a child has health insurance, but it
    • doesn’t cover vaccines
    • doesn’t cover certain vaccines
    • covers vaccines but has fixed dollar limit or cap for vaccines, once that fixed dollar amount is reached, a child is then eligible

Underinsured children can receive VFC vaccines through Federally Qualified Health Center, Rural Health Center, or deputized public or private VFC provider.

Medicaid providers in Nevada

If you are enrolled in Medicaid, we recommend you first search for a Medicaid provider accepting new patients. Once you find a provider, contact their office to see if they participate in the Nevada Vaccines for Children program.

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
Health Plan of Nevada
SilverSummit Health Plan
Nevada Medicaid (Fee for Service)

Nevada Check Up

Children who are part of the Nevada Check Up Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) receive no-cost vaccine through the State of Nevada when administered by an enrolled Nevada Check Up provider. Ask your doctor’s office or clinic if they accept Nevada Check Up.

Who is not eligible?

Insured Children — Children whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for VFC vaccines, even when a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the plan’s deductible had not been met.