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Shingles (catch-up aged 78) vaccination programme


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.

Purpose and outline

This Enhanced Service is aimed at vaccinating patients who are aged 78 or 79 years but who have not yet attained the age of 80 years old. GP practices will be entitled to a payment for each qualifying registered patient who receives shingles immunisation whilst the patient is aged 78 or 79 years old.

NHS England Regional teams commission this service from GP practices.

NHS England service specifications

NHS Employers Vaccination and Immunisation guidance


Information about this service

Quality service start date: 1 April 2020

Quality service end date: 31 March 2021

Payment period: Monthly

Collection frequency: Monthly

Manual or automatic entry: Automatic

Included in data collection: All system suppliers (TPP, INPS, Microtest and Emis)

Co-commissioning: No

Classification: Vaccination and Immunisation programme

Service guides

Our service guides describe how to participate, manually enter and declare achievement for this service. Activity and achievement should be recorded monthly.

Payment count/clinical codes

Commissioners and practice should refer to our supporting business rules for information on management information counts and clinical codes.

Further information to support users can be found on the SNOMED CT Implementation in Primary Care site, including Codes to support Technical Requirements 18-19 -  a document providing appropriate Read v2 and CTV3 codes for SNOMED CT concept IDs.

Last edited: 11 April 2020 7:53 am