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
Enter your date of birth and requested information below to find out if you are currently eligible for shingles vaccination on the national immunisation programme.
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The result will be displayed here, indicating whether you are eligible for shingles vaccination on the national immunisation programme.
If you turned 65 before 1st September 2023, you'll be eligible for your free vaccination when you turn 70.
Once you become eligible your GP surgery should reach out to you and invite you for vaccination. If you are eligible and worried that you may have missed your shingles vaccination, contact your GP surgery to arrange an appointment.
If you’re 80 years or older you should have already received your shingles vaccination. If you haven’t received your vaccination, you are no longer eligible. If you’re unsure about your vaccination status, contact your GP surgery to check.
You will become eligible on your 65th birthday. Your GP surgery should have systems in place to identify patients when they become eligible for shingles vaccination and should reach out to you.
If you get any side effects following vaccination, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.
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 https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.
- UKHSA and NHS England. Shingles vaccination programme: changes from September 2023 letter. July 2023.
- DH Green Book Ch 28a. Shingles. 2023.