National Immunisation Programme

What is the Shingles National Immunisation Programme?

Vaccination to help protect against shingles is available for free to eligible individuals on the NHS. This programme is referred to as the Shingles National Immunisation Programme.

The Shingles National Immunisation Programme has Changed

On the 1st of September 2023, the Shingles National Immunisation Programme changed, and more individuals are now eligible for a free shingles vaccination on the NHS.
You are now eligible if you're:
50 years and over with a severely weakened immune system (severely immunocompromised)
Those aged 18-49 receiving a stem cell transplant may also be eligible. Speak to your specialist.
Turning 65 years old - You'll be eligible from your 65th birthday 70 - 79 years of age

Shingles Vaccination Eligibility Calculator

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More information

If you’re still unsure about your eligibility or you want to learn more about shingles and the Shingles National Immunisation Programme, speak to your nurse or GP surgery.

Reporting of side effects

If you experience any side effects, talk to your pharmacist, nurse or doctor. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.


  1. UKHSA and NHS England. Shingles vaccination programme: changes from September 2023 letter. July 2023.
  2. DH Green Book Ch 28a. Shingles. 2023.