Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination Programme

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Vaccine specific training resources for registered practitioners relating to shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination Programme.

Training resources

To further support the Shingles immunisation programme and the move to Shingrix® vaccine for the whole programme and expansion of eligible cohorts in Scotland from September 1st, 2023, NHS Education for Scotland in partnership with Public Health Scotland has revised the resources for healthcare practitioners. These can be found below and include training slides and accompanying notes. 

Please note: These educational resources continue to be updated as required to support this programme but do not replace the clinical judgement of practitioners. Practitioners should refer to Immunisation Against Infectious Disease, the Green Book: Chapter 28a, Shingles (Herpes Zoster) when administering the vaccine. 

An updated CMO letter: Shingles Immunisation Programme- Introduction of Shingrix® vaccine for the whole programme and expansion of eligible cohorts was published on 31st July 2023. Practitioners accessing the resources below must refer to the updated CMO letter for the details of the eligibility for the 2023/24 programme. 

The resource is available as a read only training power-point presentation, to open click “read only” when prompted.  The resource is also available in PDF form, displaying the slides and notes. 

Shingles Vaccine Eligibility by Age Calculator Tool

Practitioners may find it useful to access this Shingles Vaccine Eligibility by Age Calculator Tool for the age-based cohorts to aid identification of those eligible based on their age (65 and 70 to 79 years).  

Enter date of birth to confirm eligibility by age, other eligibility criteria, for example immunosuppression will not be ascertained using this tool and practitioners should access the Green Book chapter for further detail on these criteria. 

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Alternative Formats

This resource may be available, in full or summary form, in alternative formats and community languages.  Please contact NHS Education for Scotland on 0131 656 3200 or email to discuss how we can best meet your requirements.

Transcripts of any videos within this resource are available on request.