There is an extremely limited number of vaccines during the initial weeks and months of the revised Shingles vaccination program.
As such, we will be prioritising the vaccination of patients who are at highest risk of illness (e.g. immunocompromised patients undergoing cancer treatment) and have not previously had any dose of a Shingles vaccine before.
If you would like more information about your eligibility for free Shingles vaccine, please make an appointment with your GP or call and speak to our Practice Nurse.
Last updated 13 February 2024
From 1st November 2023, the shingles vaccine Shingrix will replace Zostavax on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for eligible people.
The Australian Government has announced that from 1st November 2023, those aged 65 years and over, First Nations Australians aged 50 years and older and immunocompromised people aged 18 years and older* will be eligible to receive the newer Shingrix vaccine for free, as a part of the National Immunisation Program.
The new eligibility criteria means more people have the opportunity to be protected from Shingles, however it is different from the advice we received form the Department of Health and Aged Care in September.
If you have recently received a private Shingrix script from your GP, and would now like to wait until after the 1st November for a free vaccination, do not have this script dispensed.
If you would like to have a Shingles vaccine, or would like more information about your eligibility please make an appointment with your GP or call and speak to our Practice Nurse.
For more information about Shingles, please visit the Health Direct website.