school nurseThe Welsh Government has announced £7.7m of funding so all babies in Wales will be vaccinated against meningitis B.

The move comes after a UK-wide deal was struck with vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, following negotiations over the cost of the vaccine. In 2014, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) – the independent panel of experts, which advises the UK countries on vaccination programmes - recommended every child over two months old should be given the vaccine.

The vaccine will now be added to the national childhood immunisation programme in Wales – babies will receive the first meningitis B vaccine at two months old, followed by two further doses.

Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said: “These negotiations mean we have now secured a meningitis B vaccine, which will benefit the health of all babies in Wales.

“Now a price has been agreed we will work to make this vaccination available as soon as practicable. We have made £7.7m of funding available to make sure this vaccine becomes part of our national childhood immunisation programme for Wales.”