Update on Supply of BCG Vaccine in UK

29 August 2017

The Public Health England (PHE) Vaccine Update August 2017 advises that there is currently sufficient stock of Intervax BCG vaccine to extend the offer of vaccination to all eligible groups, including occupational health teams, please see below for full details of eligible groups.

Please note that future supply remains uncertain and restrictions may be instigated at short notice.

Highest Priority

a) All infants (aged 0 to 12 months) with a parent or grandparent who was born in a country where the annual incidence of TB is 40/100,000 or greater.

b) All infants (aged 0 to 12 months) living in areas of the UK where the annual incidence of TB is 40/100,000 or greater.

c) Previously unvaccinated children aged one to five years:

  • living in areas of the UK where the annual incidence of TB is 40/100,000 or greater; or
  • with a parent or grandparent who was born in a country where the annual incidence of TB is 40/100,000 or greater. These children should be identified at suitable opportunities, and can normally be vaccinated without tuberculin testing.

Moderate Priority

d) Previously unvaccinated, tuberculin-negative children aged from six to under 16 years of age with a parent or grandparent who was born in a country where the annual incidence of TB is 40/100,000 or greater. These children should be identified at suitable opportunities, tuberculin tested and vaccinated if negative as per the Green Book section on tuberculin testing prior to BCG vaccination.

e) Previously unvaccinated tuberculin-negative individuals under 16 years of age who are contacts of cases of respiratory TB (following NICE recommended contact management advice).

f) Previously unvaccinated, tuberculin-negative individuals under 16 years of age who were born in or who have lived for a prolonged period (at least three months) in a country with an annual TB incidence of 40/100,000 or greater.

g) Previously unvaccinated, tuberculin-negative individuals under 16 years of age who are going to live or work with local people for more than three months in a country where the annual incidence of TB is 40/100,000 or greater.

Lowest Priority

h) Individuals at occupational risk.