The National Shingles Vaccination Program will commence from 1 November 2016.

  • People eligible to receive the free shingles vaccine include:
    • people aged 70 years of age as an ongoing program.
    • people aged 71-79 years of age as a catch-up program until 31 October 2021.
  • People who are not eligible to receive the vaccine as part of the program can purchase the vaccine on the private market.
  • Providers should submit shingles vaccination data to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), which commenced in September 2016, expanding upon the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) by capturing vaccines administered throughout a person’s life.

Copies of the materials and additional resources specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and translated brochures for people from non-English speaking backgrounds will be available on the Immunise Australia Website.

How can General Practices assist?

Vaccination providers will play a key role in informing patients about the program. To assist in promoting the program the Department of Health asks that vaccination providers:

  • administer the vaccine to eligible people. Vaccination providers could consider a staged approach to recalling 70-79 year old patients as appropriate for their clinic.
  • promote the vaccine to eligible people through displaying the program posters and brochures in their clinic.
  • report adult and childhood vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register.

Resources

  • PROVIDER FACTSHEET– for vaccination providers, providing information on eligibility; co administration of the shingles vaccines with other vaccines; and how to report adverse events;
  • AIR FACTSHEET – for vaccination providers regarding the newly expanded Australia Immunisation Register (AIR);
  • CONSUMER BROCHURE – for consumers, including frequently asked questions;
  • PROMOTIONAL POSTER– promoting the new vaccine; and
  • ATSI POSTER– promoting the new vaccine to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences.