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:
- *NEW* Administration of vaccines around TST and BCG administration
- The July 2018 BCG Vaccine reintroduction fact sheet from the Ministry of Health for more information.
- The Immunisation Handbook 2017 2nd Edition, Chapter 20 on Tuberculosis and Appendix 8 High-incidence TB countries, online only
- Our BCG Vaccine SSI and Tuberculosis webpages
- HealthEd for BCG vaccine information for parents and health professionals
- Our Health Professionals Education and training webpage for information about the 8 hour Tuberculosis and BCG online course, to support authorised vaccinators receiving BCG Vaccinator Endorsement
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.