Important information to read before booking a BCG vaccination appointment
In NSW BCG vaccine is only recommended for:
The BCG vaccine can take 3 months to provide protection against TB disease. Therefore BCG vaccine should ideally be given 3 months prior to travel to a high TB incidence country.
Children over 6 months of age or with prior TB exposure are required to have a tuberculin skin test before they can have the BCG vaccine. This requires two visits to the TB service 48-72 hours apart.
BCG is a live vaccine and must be given on either the same day or 4 weeks before or after other injectable live vaccines. Injectable live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, zoster and yellow fever vaccines.
The vaccine that is currently available in Australia is not registered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Please read the fact sheet on unregistered BCG before requesting a BCG vaccination.
BCG is available through most TB services in New South Wales. Currently, demand for BCG vaccination is exceeding available appointments in all TB services. Please request vaccination as early as possible prior to travel, as requests made close to travel may not be able to be accommodated.
Read the guidance for parents and carers: travelling overseas with children and the risk of tuberculosis.
Request a BCG vaccination
Complete and submit a request for BCG vaccination.
You will be contacted within approximately 10 business days by your local TB service. Initial contact will likely be by email - please check all email folders if you have not received a response.
For more information please see BCG vaccination information for parents.