The Department of Health has extended the shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine catch-up program available under the National Immunisation Program for a further 2 years until 31 October 2023.

The program extension will allow those who missed or delayed vaccination due to pandemic restrictions or other reasons, extra time to get vaccinated with Zostavax® to protect against shingles disease.

Shingles vaccination with the Zostavax® vaccine is free under the National Immunisation Program for people aged 70. The catch-up program offered to people aged 71-79 years was due to end on 31 October 2021. 

To read the full announcement, please click on the link below.
National Immunisation Program: Shingles vaccination catch-up program extended