To simplify the delivery of programme, eligibility for the NHS shingles vaccination programme has been changed to the date a patient turns 70 years (routine cohort) and 78 years (catch up cohort).
Patients who attain the age of 70 or 78 can however be opportunistically immunised at any point in the year. Patients remain eligible for the shingles vaccine up until their 80th birthday. Those with existing eligibility for the vaccine but who missed it, can be offered immunisation on an opportunistic basis.
Revised ‘who’s eligible for shingles vaccination?’ and the ‘shingles eligibility age breakdown poster’ are available to order from the DH health and social care orderline