From 1st September 2015, shingles vaccine (Zostavax) should be offered to:
- Patients aged 70 years on 1st September 2015; and
- Patients aged 78 years on 1st September 2015.
Patients who were eligible for immunisation in the first two years of the programme but have not yet been vaccinated will remain eligible until their 80th birthday. These are:
- Patients aged 71 and 72 years on 1st September 2015; and
- Patients aged 79 years on 1 September 2015
Until 31st August 2015, GPs should continue to offer the shingles vaccine to patients who were aged 70, 78 or 79 years on 1st September 2014.
Any patient who has reached their 80th birthday is no longer eligible for the vaccine. This reflects recommendations made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, due to the declining efficacy of the vaccine as age increases.