Monkeypox update

Due to the limited supply of the Monkeypox vaccine, we are contacting people who are at highest risk. As more vaccine supplies become available, more people will be offered the first dose of the vaccine. Please only attend a clinic if you have been contacted and asked to come in for a vaccine.

In line with UKHSA guidance, we are working hard to deliver the vaccine. We are prioritising those who are eligible and have been contacted and booked in for appointments.

Monkeypox is a viral infection. It is usually a mild illness and most people recover within a few weeks. It's spread by very close contact with an infected person.

For more information about symptoms, how to manage them and when to seek medical help, read our monkeypox information.

Getting the monkeypox vaccine

Currently local services are contacting those who may be at risk of exposure to arrange a vaccine appointment. Self-booking is not currently available. Please wait to be contacted.

Please only attend if you have a booked appointment.

If you have symptoms

Do not come to a clinic if you have symptoms of monkeypox. Please call 111 for advice.

If you've been in contact with someone with monkeypox

UKHSA are contacting anyone they identify as a close contact of a monkeypox case. They'll send you health information and advice.

Useful links

Our online information about monkeypox.

Why do I have to wait for my vaccination against monkeypox, UKHSA leaflet.

Patient information leaflet for the smallpox vaccine on the UKHSA website.

Information about the smallpox vaccine on GOV.UK.

Latest monkeypox information from Terence Higgins Trust.

Information about vaccine eligibility on the UKHSA website.

Last updated: August 2022

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