How to Get the HPV Vaccine Gardasil for Free or Low Cost

Low-income women can exercise several options to get the vaccine

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Women who are interested in receiving the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, for free or reduced cost because they cannot afford the $360 price tag, no longer have to wait. Several programs help women cut the cost of the vaccine

How to Get Help Paying for Gardasil

If you are uninsured or your insurance provider does not cover Gardasil, consider the Merck Vaccine Patience Assistance Program. It offers help to women who want to get Gardasil but cannot afford it.

To qualify for the program, women must:

  • be at least 19 years of age
  • be uninsured
  • reside in the United States, although you don't have to be a U.S. citizen
  • have an annual income of less than $20,800 for individuals, $28,000 for couples or $42,400 for a family of four

Merck does take special circumstances into account and often makes exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Do not let the income qualifications deter you from applying. You may still be approved based on your specific situation.

Applying for the Merck Vaccine Patient Assistance Program is easy. Simply visit the Merck website and download and print the application. Return the completed application to your doctor's office. Your doctor's office will submit the application to Merck, who will notify the office of a decision the same day. It is important to note that the application must be completed and approved by Merck prior to getting the vaccination.

Vaccines for Children Program

The Vaccines for Children Program is perfect for young women who are 18 years and younger and want to get vaccinated but cannot afford the vaccine. To qualify for the federal program, young women must be:

  • 18 years or younger
  • qualify for Medicaid
  • be uninsured or have insurance that does not cover Gardasil

    Every state participates in the Vaccine for Children Program. More than 50,000 doctors and medical clinics nationwide are VCP providers. To find a provider in your area, call your local health department or visit the Vaccines for Children website. Each state's health department governs the program and will be able to provide you with information.

    Please remember that even though you may be able to get Gardasil for free under the Vaccine for Children Program, the participating doctor may charge you for an office visit. If you are on Medicaid, this fee will be covered, but if you are not covered by Medicaid, you will be responsible for the payment. Not all doctors charge a fee, but you may want to ask prior to your appointment.

    More Ways to Get the HPV Vaccine for Free 

    If you don't qualify for Merck's vaccine program or for Vaccines for Children, there is still hope! Here are some other ways you can get help paying for Gardasil:

    • Planned Parenthood: Federal, state and private grants have allowed many Planned Parenthood offices around the United States to offer Gardasil for free or at a reduced cost. Try calling your local Planned Parenthood for more information.
    • College or University Medical Clinic: Many large colleges and universities provide Gardasil to students at their medical clinics. Check your campus clinic for more information.
    • Local Health Department: Call your local health department to learn about other local clinics that may offer free or reduced-cost Gardasil vaccinations. Your local health department may be able to offer you the vaccine even if you do not qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program. It depends on which grants and funds your state receives from the government and other private organizations.

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