Originally Gardasil, the HPV vaccine was approved for people ages 9 to 26. People older than 26 who wanted to get the shots would have to pay out of pocket because insurance wouldn’t cover it.
In October 2018, the FDA announced that the vaccine has been approved for men and women up to age 45. FDA approval means that health insurance plans may cover the cost of the vaccine for those who missed out on the shots when the vaccine first became available because they were too old. Is the HPV vaccine shot really available now for free for people over 26?