Shortage of BCG vaccine

BCG vaccine is given to protect babies against tuberculosis (TB).

BCG vaccine stock in all areas expired at the end of April 2015.

The number of cases of TB is low 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.

The Department of Health must make a decision on these recommendations for the HSE to implement. The HSE is awaiting instruction from the Department of Health.

Your baby is not at risk of TB and you do not need to delay any of your baby's injections.


This page was updated on 13th September 2018.