University faculty and staff are encouraged to ring in 2020 by getting free vaccinations to preserve their health.


As of Jan. 1, University of Michigan benefit plans cover approved vaccinations under employees’ pharmacy and medical plans.

Approved vaccines require no co-pay. Coverage is a prevention benefit in all U-M health care plans.

Vaccination has been a covered benefit under members’ medical coverage, but some pharmacies have had difficulty processing shots given at pharmacies using the medical benefit. The Jan. 1 expansion to drug coverage helps U-M’s pharmacy partners streamline the payment process.

When receiving a shot at a pharmacy, employees should provide their vaccine prescription, as well as their medical or drug card. Using both cards could cause confusion, so provide just one.

The following pharmacy-administered vaccines are covered:

  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • HPV
  • Measles, mumps and rubella
  • Meningococcal
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough
  • Varicella

Some of these immunizations require more than one dose. Coverage also can be limited because of age and time of vaccination. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are available online.

For answers to questions about vaccine coverage, call U-M’s Shared Services Center 734-615-2000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.