We offer a chickenpox vaccination service at some of our community pharmacies. Here we explain how much the chickenpox vaccine costs, as well as helping you to understand if you are eligible for a free NHS chickenpox vaccine.
The chickenpox vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect you or your child against chickenpox. It’s given as two injections, usually in the upper arm or thigh.
The vaccine contains a small amount of the weakened (attenuated) varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox. This isn’t enough virus to give you chickenpox but is enough for your immune system to develop a defence (antibodies) against the virus. Your immune system remembers these antibodies and can produce them again, making you resistant to the virus.
At one of our Well Pharmacy vaccination clinics, the chickenpox vaccination costs £65 per dose. You’ll need a full course of two doses of the vaccine, costing a total of £130.
In some cases, the chickenpox vaccine is offered free on the NHS.
The chickenpox vaccine can be given for free through the NHS. It’s typically offered to healthy people who are around anyone with a weakened immune system that is more at risk of serious chickenpox complications. It’s also given to healthcare workers who have not previously had chickenpox.
You need to be over the age of 18 to book your own vaccination appointment but a parent or legal guardian can book the appointment for you if you're under 18. They will also need to come with you to your appointment.