Announcement from the Public Health service in England
Shortage of hepatitis A vaccines
Hepatitis A vaccine continues to be in short supply in the United Kingdom (UK) and globally; until normal vaccine supply resumes, some products may not be available or may be reserved for special risk groups However for standard travel requirements, this vaccination will not be available.
Shortage of hepatitis B vaccines
There is at present, a global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine which is currently impacting severely on the UK supply. The situation is particularly critical during August but limitations on supply are likely to continue until early 2018.
PHE and Department of Health (DH) have been working with both vaccine manufacturers to institute ordering restrictions according to customer type. As a consequence, NHS hospital trusts will get the highest allocation, and some providers, including community pharmacy and general practice, will not be able to order any adult hepatitis B vaccine stock until further notice.
POST EXPOSURE VACCINATION
If you have been subject to an assault or a needle-stick injury and require urgent post-exposure Hepatitis B vaccination, please visit either your GP or an urgent care/Accident & Emergency department at an NHS trust for a full assessment.
The situation is under constant review, to ensure that the available supply is able to match clinical need for the rest of the year. PHE has also developed patient and public facing materials which are published alongside this guidance which can be found by visiting:
Advice for travellers who cannot obtain these vaccinations and how to stay safe whilst abroad, please visit:
www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and search for the vaccination via the ‘A-Z Index’ list.