13th October 2016

The National Shingles Vaccination Program

AIP members please note the following regarding The National Shingles Vaccination Program.

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

Key Messages for the Program
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.

There are materials are being mailed out to approximately 40,000 vaccination providers (including general and specialist medical practitioners, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations and Aboriginal Medical Services) to promote the program and encourage uptake of the vaccine.  For copies of these materials, see the links at the bottom of this page.

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 (www.immunise.health.gov.au).

The new NCIRS Zoster vaccine for adults factsheet and FAQ on Zoster vaccine are available here http://www.ncirs.edu.au/provider-resources/ncirs-fact-sheets/

How you can assist?
Vaccination providers will play a key role in informing patients about the program. To assist in promoting the program we ask that you encourage vaccination providers to:

  • 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.

If you have any questions about the materials please contact Darius Everett, Director, Immunisation Programs, Department of Health via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 02 6289 8725.


1.  The Australian Immunisation Register - Vaccination Provider factsheet
2.  Immunise Australia - The National Shingles Vaccination Program - Provider factsheet
3.  Immunise Australia - Protect yourself against Shingles - Consumer brochure
4.  Immunise Australia - Protect yourself against Shingles - Consumer poster
5.  Immunise Australia - Protect yourself against Shingles - Indigenous Consumer brochure

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