Shingles vaccine coverage for Scotland in the fifth year of the programme is presented in this report. The coverage of the vaccine in both the routine and catch-up cohorts is compared with previous years of the programme. The impact of deprivation on uptake of the vaccine is also discussed.
In the 2017 to 2018 programme the vaccine was offered to those aged 70 years old and to a catch-up cohort of those aged 76 years. Shingles vaccine coverage in those aged 70 years was 44.7% representing a decrease of 1.8% from the 2016 to 2017 season.
For the catch-up cohort, aged 76 years in 2017 to 2018, there was a slight increase in coverage compared to the previous catch up cohort in 2016 to 2017, of 0.6% to 40.4%. Similarly to previous seasons, vaccine coverage in the routine cohort (aged 70) was significantly higher than that of the catch-up cohort (aged 76) with a difference of 4.3%.
In addition there was also an increase in coverage in those who were aged 70 years in the first year of the programme demonstrating that vaccination of those who remained eligible was taking place opportunistically.