FAQ: Getting the shingles vaccine at MIT Medical
There is currently a nationwide shortage of the Shingrix shingles vaccine, affecting all healthcare providers. MIT Medical administers vaccines as quickly as we get them, but we currently have far more patients waiting for the vaccine than we have supply.
If you want the shot sooner and can find it available at a retail pharmacy, you may want to take advantage of that opportunity. Depending on your specific insurance coverage, you may have some out-of-pocket cost for getting the vaccine outside of MIT Medical. Check your individual policy.
Yes, we have a waiting list. Let your primary care provider (PCP) know that you want the vaccine, and we will add you to the queue. However, patients who are at highest risk for breaking out with shingles and for experiencing complications from the illness may get priority and skip to the front of the line.
You should get the second shot between two to six months after the first.
Yes, if we administer your first vaccine, it means we already have a second one in stock—with your name on it—waiting in the refrigerator for when you come back in two to six months.
Still have questions? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a comprehensive FAQ about Shingrix. Your PCP is also available to answer questions.