Shingles Aware

70 - 79 year olds are eligible for the shingles national immunisation programme

The shingles national immunisation programme

  •  If you were eligible for the shingles national immunisation programme and turned 80 years old during the COVID-19 pandemic but missed the opportunity to be vaccinated, either due to lockdown or because you were shielding at home and unable to attend your general practice, you may still be eligible for vaccination. Your healthcare professional will be able to advise on this.
  • In 2013, the shingles national immunisation programme was introduced by the Department of Health. In September 2020, all eligible 70 to 79 year olds were included in the programme.
  • Vaccination is available at your local medical practice all year round and is usually one vaccination appointment.
  • Shingles vaccination may not result in protection in all vaccine recipients.
  • Like all vaccines and medicines, this vaccine is associated with certain side effects, which can affect people differently. Further information can be found in the patient information leaflets and by speaking to your healthcare professional.
  •  Shingles vaccination within the current shingles immunisation programme is not suitable for people with certain medical conditions. Your healthcare professional will be able to advise on this.

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