BCG vaccine is given to protect babies against tuberculosis (TB).
BCG vaccine stock in all areas expired at the end of April 2015 and as of today, January 8 2018, the HSE continues to experience ongoing delays with the supply of BCG vaccine. This continues to be a Europe wide issue.
The number of cases of TB has been steadily falling in Ireland.
Most European countries do not give BCG vaccine to all babies.
The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), an independent expert group on immunisation and the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) have both recommended that BCG vaccine does not now need to be given routinely to all babies in Ireland.
The Department of Health has received the NIAC and HIQA recommendations. A decision on BCG policy based on these recommendations will be determined by the Department of Health when BCG vaccine is back in stock.
You do not need to delay your child's other vaccines which are available from your GP.
This page was updated 12 February 2018.