Shingles immunisation programme letter

This letter provides information on the shingles immunisation programme from April 2018.


Shingles immunisation programme letter

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This joint letter from Public Health England and NHS England sets out the details of the shingles vaccination programme from April 2018. It informs practices that the shingles vaccine can now be offered opportunistically to patients throughout the year as they become of eligible age (70 or 78 years).

Care must be taken not to miss patients who were eligible for immunisation in the previous programme years but have not yet been vaccinated against shingles. These patients remain eligible until their 80th birthday.

It also provides information on:

  • clinical guidance
  • patient information materials
  • vaccine supply
Published 20 August 2014
Last updated 9 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added the April 2018 shingles vaccination programme letter.
  2. Updated letter with details of the shingles immunisation programme from 1 September 2015.
  3. First published.