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.”