In March 2010, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended that routine shingles (herpes zoster) vaccination should be added to the adult programme for patients aged 70 to 79. In the first year of the programme (2013/14), shingles vaccination was offered routinely for patients aged 70 with a single catch-up cohort, targeting patients aged 79 on 1 September 2013. In the second year of the programme, the catch up programme was extended offering a single dose of shingles vaccine to patients aged 78 and 79 on 1 September 2014.
From 1 September, this programme is for the vaccination of patients aged 78 years on 1 September each year. Patients eligible for vaccination under this programme since it was introduced, remain eligible for vaccination until their 80th birthday.
The roll-out of this programme is being phased in over a period of time to ensure a manageable implementation process.