Shingles Immunisation

DETAILS OF THE SHINGLES (HERPES ZOSTER) VACCINATION PROGRAMME 2021/22 1.

We are writing to provide information on the 2021/22 shingles vaccination programme which will run from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022. Background 2. The shingles vaccination programme was introduced in Scotland in 2013. Each year since then has involved routine vaccination of people aged 70 and a year by year catch up for those aged 71-79 years.
The final catch up group was offered the shingles vaccine in 2018/19. 
This year, eligibility for the 2021/22 programme is as follows: 
Routine vaccination of 70 year olds (defined by the patient’s age at 1 September 2021)  Opportunistic vaccination of 71–79 year olds who have not previously been vaccinated (defined by patient’s age at 1 September 2021).  
Vaccine should not be offered to anyone aged 80 years and over, even if they have previously been eligible (defined by patient’s age at 1 September 2021).
Call and recall:
There will be no centralised letter inviting eligible people for the shingles vaccination programme.
Patients should be directed to https://www.nhsinform.scot/shingles for further information about the vaccine and eligibility.
For surgery info only:
We continue to encourage all participating GP practices to put in place call and recall arrangements by way of a letter.
An updated template invitation letter and leaflet will be available from 1 September 2021 to help with this (see https://publichealthscotland.scot/publications/shingles-vaccine-resources ) Hard copies of leaflets and posters will also be available for participating GP practices during September.

 
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