Information for parents, carer’s and other members of the public regarding BCG vaccinations – updated March 2019

BCG vaccine has been commissioned by National Health Service England (NHSE) to be delivered in community clinics throughout our four NELFT London Boroughs; Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Havering to children (infants) aged between 29 days up to age 1.

Since October 2018, we have been using a vaccine licensed in the UK known as AJ vaccine for all babies and children. A global shortage of the vaccine since 2015 continued into May 2016. However the BCG vaccine is still targeted for certain babies/children as follows:

If your child is born after the 1st September 2016

  • You will be offered a BCG vaccine at birth or within 28 days at a BCG clinic at your maternity unit in London.
  • After this, only babies who fall within the 2 priority groups named below will be offered the BCG vaccine in the community:
  1. All infants (aged 0 to 12 months) living in areas of the UK where the annual incidence of TB is 40 cases per 100,000 or higher. As of September 2016 (PHE TB report, 2016), Redbridge borough is reported to have an annual TB incidence rate of 44.9 per 100,000 (TB rates attached). If your baby falls into this category, you will receive an appointment from the Paediatric BCG Service for your baby to have the vaccine at a community clinic.
  2. 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 cases per 100,000 or higher, and lives within the low risk area of Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Waltham Forest. Can be referred by your GP, Health Visitor, midwife or other clinician to the service. The referral will then be triaged by the team and an appointment sent if appropriate.
  3. For a limited period, this service can offer vaccination to children aged 1-5 years who are already known to us i.e had been previously referred but were older than 12 months when referred.
  4. Where an infant presents for vaccination and has an older sibling aged 1-5 years who have not been vaccinated, a vaccination offer can be made to this sibling.

Babies will only be offered one appointment. 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, carers 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 below:

england.contactus@nhs.net