Due to an unprecedented consumer demand for Shingrix, this vaccine is being placed on limited supply status by the manufacturer. Sindecuse Health Center occasionally receives small quantities of the vaccine. Community providers are experiencing similar challenges due to the vaccine shortage.
Patients that have previously submitted their prescription for Shingrix, or had it sent in by their primary care provider, may call the clinicial coordinator at (269) 387-3426 to be placed on a waitlist. To join the waiting list for Shingrix, have your prescribing provider send a prescription to the health center. We will schedule your vaccination in the order recieved. If you have already called or scheduled an appointment, there is no need to call again.
This page will be updated if the situation changes.
When adequate supplies permit, Western Michigan University's Sindecuse Health Center will administer Shingrix, a vaccine to prevent shingles in adults aged 50 years and older.
The new vaccine provides more protection than the previous Zostavax vaccine. Patients receive two doses of the vaccine separated by two to six months. The vaccine may be taken by patients experiencing or recovering from immunosuppression. Sheneeka Skinner, nursing supervisor at the health center says, "Studies have shown this vaccine will be more effective than Zostavax. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control recommends the Shingrix vaccine for individuals who have previously been vaccinated with Zostavax."
Shingrix will be administered at the health center for patients with a clinician's order. WMU employees in the BCBS PPO insurance plan may ask their primary care provider to fax an order for the vaccine to (269) 387-2205. After the order is received, a nursing staff member will call the patient to set up an appointment as supplies allow.
For more information contact health center at (269) 387-3287. For questions regarding insurance coverage call (269) 387-4219.
What Everyone Should Know about Shingles Vaccine (Shingrix) — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention