Changes to the infant pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) schedule to be taking place in the New Year (2020)
All infants born on or after 1 January 2020 will be offered the updated schedule, (referred to as a 1 + 1 PCV schedule). This will be a single dose of PCV13 alongside the routine DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB and rotavirus immunisations at 12 weeks of age, followed by the PCV13 booster on or after the first birthday. This 1 + 1 schedule will replace the previous schedule of 2 + 1 (at 8 and 16 weeks, and the booster dose given on or after the first birthday).
All infants born before and including 31 December 2019 will remain on the 2 + 1 schedule.
The impact to the schedule will come into effect in late February 2020; when babies in the first cohort will no longer require an 8-week PCV dose. The first vaccines to be given on the new 1 + 1 schedule will start in late March 2020 when infants born on or after 1 January 2020 attain 12 weeks of age.
Immunisation schedule from autumn 2019