9 key points about the National Shingles Vaccination Program

The National Shingles Vaccination Program, to provide free zoster vaccine to people over 70, starts on Tuesday under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

9 key points about the program:

  1. All adults 70 years of age are eligible for free Zostavax on the NIP. Adults aged 71-79 are eligible for a single catch-up dose until 31 October 2021.
  2. The vaccine is given as a single subcutaneous injection in the deltoid region. The need for a booster has not yet been determined.
  3. Zostavax can be given at the same time as influenza and/or