BCG vaccine

The BCG vaccine has not been administered routinely to babies in Ireland since 2015 due to global stock issues. 

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) expert committee of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland makes recommendations on vaccination policy.

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

The Department of Health will make a decision on NIAC and HIQA recommendations.

The HSE must await instruction from the Department of Health regarding BCG vaccination.


This page was updated on 6 April 2020