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BCG vaccine supply restored in New Zealand

BCG vaccine supply has been restored to New Zealand after a longstanding global BCG vaccine shortage. District Health Board (DHB) BCG vaccination clinics can now order BCG vaccine and arrange immunisation clinics.

Midwives should resume screening babies for referral to DHB BCG vacicnation clinics.

The Ministry of Health does not recommend a catch-up programme for older children who met the eligibility criteria over the period the BCG vaccine was unavailable. However, parents may contact BCG clinics to discuss this.

The following links provide access to useful resources:

Additional information for practices in Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs only:

  • Please ask parents residing in Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs who request BCG vaccination for their child to self-refer to the Auckland Regional Public Health (ARPHS) BCG clinic.
  • Ask them to complete an online referral form on the ARPHS website www.arphs.govt.nz and follow the links. Please note: the website is in high demand and running slowly.
  • Parents without access to the internet can telephone 0800 FOR BCG (0800 367 224) and leave a message for someone to call them back.

Last updated: Aug 2018