The shingles vaccine is provided free for people aged 70 years under the National Immunisation Program. There is also a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years until 31 October 2021.
Routine vaccination of persons aged 70–79 years is expected to obtain the greatest benefits against shingles and its complications. Further information is provided in the online version of The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition.
People who are not eligible to receive the free vaccine are able to purchase the vaccine on the private market