Prior to April 2017, shingles vaccine was offered routinely to individuals aged 70 years with a phased catch up programme based on age as of 1 September that year. However from 1 April, in order to simplify the delivery of programme, eligibility has been changed to the date a patient turns 70 years (routine cohort) and 78 years (catch up cohort).
This change is likely to have an impact on shingles vaccine supply and so, for 2017/18 providers are encouraged to maintain their existing approach where the majority of individuals are vaccinated during the influenza season. Patients who attain the age of 70 or 78 in 2017/18 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, please see the table below.
|Eligible since||Dates of birth (routine cohort)||Dates of birth (catch-up cohort)|
|2014/15||02/09/1943 to 01/09/1944|
|2015/16||02/09/1944 to 01/09/1945|
|2016/17||02/09/1945 to 01/09/1946||01/04/1937 to 01/09/1938 (up to their 80th birthday)|
|2017/18||Born on or after 02/09/1946 and aged 70 years||Born on or after 02/09/1983 and aged 78 (up to their 80th birthday)|