BCG vaccine

In 2015, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) both recommended that BCG vaccine does not need to be given to all children in Ireland.

Sine April 2015, there has been no BCG vaccination programme and the HSE cannot recommence the BCG vaccination programme without instruction from the Department of Health. 

In the absence of evidence, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend BCG vaccination for the prevention of COVID-19.

This page was updated on 20 May 2020