BCG service resumed

The BCG service have resumed a reduced service offer to our paediatric clients resident within the NELFT London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbrige and Waltham Forest who fit the criteria.

For any queries or support, please contact us on 07712 539149.

Information for parents, carer’s and other members of the public regarding BCG vaccinations – Updated SEPTEMBER 2020

The annual rate of TB in London has been in decline and a number of infants most at risk of exposure to TB in London have decreased significantly.

For this reason Public Health England have changed the programme. The Neonatal BCG vaccine will no longer be delivered in maternity units, and the vaccine will no longer be available universally in London to all babies, instead it will be offered to those babies who are most at risk of tuberculosis (TB).

From 1 September 2020, babies who are eligible for BCG will be referred to community vaccination clinics by the Maternity units and Health Visitors.

BCG vaccine has been commissioned by National Health Service England (NHSE) to be delivered in community clinics for residents of our four NELFT London boroughs; Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge & Waltham Forest. These boroughs have a low risk status, therefore:

Babies/children who fall within the PHE priority group A below, residing within these four NELFT London boroughs will be offered BCG vaccine in the community.

PHE priority group

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.

Babies will only be offered one appointment only. No second appointments will be offered.

We do not recommend private BCG vaccination since you have no assurance regarding the potency (strength) of these vaccines.

NHS England have set up an email contact point to enable parents, carer’s and other members of the public to raise questions or concerns on availability and on priority groups if they wish to do so. The email contact details are provided here: england.contactus@nhs.net.