The 2019-20 shingles programme will run from 1st September 2019 until 31st August 2020. All details are contained in the CMO letter (SGHD/CMO(2019) 9).
The programme is aimed primarily at:
* this is defined by the patient’s age on 1st September 2019
In line with previous years, those who were eligible for the programme from the start (and who did not previously take up the offer of vaccination) can still be vaccinated. The programme therefore includes all people aged 70-79* years. Vaccine should not be offered to anyone aged over 80, even if they have previously been eligible, as efficacy of the vaccine declines with age.
Resources to assist GPs in promoting the programme and inviting eligible patients are available from the NHS Health Scotland website. These include a template invitation letter and a screensaver poster.
A screening tool (Expiry Date Sep 2020) has been developed to support healthcare practitioners in the identification of patients for whom the shingles vaccine is contra-indicated.
Non-NHS nurses who are administering vaccine to adults with incapacity in care homes should be aware of the Care Inspectorate Recommendations governing consent.
Updated July 2020