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News: Global Hep B Shortage

September 2017 - There is a global Hep B vaccine shortage and HPS has issued guidance for clinic/hospital staff outlining the prioritisation of patients at greatest risk and the mechanism in place to allow for exceptional orders if an individual risk assessment indicates an urgent need.   

It has been agreed with the BMA’s UK General Practice Committee that general practice will not be able to order any adult hepatitis B vaccine stock until further notice. NHSGGC's PDC will still be able to order hepatitis B vaccine for high priority patients as detailed in the PHE's temporary recommendations (see Table 1). To contact the PDC call 0141 347 8974 or email [email protected]

Supply for paediatric vaccine has been protected to ensure that the programme for vaccinating infants born to hepatitis B infected mothers can continue. There should be no delay in providing vaccines to these children.