Without insurance, the price for the HPV vaccine, Gardasil 9, is $217.11 per dose. The cost is covered by most health insurance plans and is free, minus office copays, for many patients. Those without insurance may also qualify for coverage through federally funded programs.
Health Insurance Coverage
Most health insurance plans cover all recommended vaccines, including the HPV vaccine, for patients through age 18. Contact your insurance provider to find out if your child is covered.
For people ages 19 and up who are interested in getting the HPV vaccine, your health insurance might cover it if you fall within the recommended age range (Gardasil 9 is approved for adults up to age 45).
Vaccines for Children Program
Vaccines for Children (VFC) is a federally funded program that provides free vaccines to uninsured and underinsured children under age 19. There may still be fees for an office visit, but the vaccine itself is administered free of cost for kids who are eligible.
Patient Assistance Program
If you’re an adult who is uninsured, you can look into a patient assistance program available through Merck, the pharmaceutical company that produces Gardasil 9. In order to be eligible for the program, you must be 19 to 26 years old, have no health insurance coverage, and have a household income of:
- $49,960 or less for individuals.
- $67,640 or less for couples.
- $103,000 or less for a family of 4.
HPV Vaccine Dosage Requirements
With a high cost of $217.11 per dose, it’s important to note that fewer doses are required when receiving the HPV vaccine at a young age. The CDC recommends routine vaccination for all children at age 11 to 12, though it may be administered to kids as young as 9 years old. The vaccine is given as a two-dose series for ages 9-12, totaling $434.22. For older ages, the vaccine requires a three-dose series, which would total $651.33.