If found to be cost-effective, a shingles vaccination programme could be rolled out protect around four million patients aged 70-79.
A procurement programme will be undertaken to determine whether a shingles vaccine can be purchased at a price which would make the vaccination cost-effective.
Minister for public health Gillian Merron said “Shingles is an unpleasant illness which can be very serious, especially for older people.
“A vaccination programme would be good news for those in their 70s. It would improve people’s quality of life by offering protection against this illness.”