BCG services temporarily suspended

As part of NSW Health's response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), NSW Health public BCG clinic services will be suspended until further notice.

We appreciate your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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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 may still be available through private Travel Clinics. 

Read the guidance for parents and carers: travelling overseas with children and the risk of tuberculosis.

More information​

For more information please see BCG vaccination information for parents​​.​​​​​​​​

Current as at: Wednesday 18 March 2020
Contact page owner: Communicable Diseases