I was born in 1993. The HPV vaccine was not around when I...

Question: 

I was born in 1993. The HPV vaccine was not around when I was in elementary school and I would like to get it if I still can. Would I have to pay for each dose of this vaccine or am I eligible for the vaccine to be free? I work in a health care setting.

Answer: 

People born in 1993 (who are currently either 23 or 24 years old) are not eligible for BC's publicly funded (free) HPV9 vaccine program, unless they fall into one of the following groups:

  • HIV positive individuals 9-26 years of age
  • Transgender individuals 9-26 years of age
  • Males 9 to 26 years of age who are:
    • Men who have sex with men (including those who are not yet sexually active and are questioning their sexual orientation)
    • Street involved 

The HPV9 vaccine is however recommended for both women and men in this age group. 

You can find more information and a complete list of people eligible for the free HPV9 vaccine on our HPV page.  

Those not eligible for the free HPV vaccine can purchase it at most pharmacies and travel clinics. Some private health insurance plans cover the cost of the vaccine. 

- Immunization Nurse