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 Australia Government Department of Health 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 by displaying the program posters and brochures in their clinic.
- report adult and childhood vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register.
- 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.