Mpox vaccine

Last updated: 11 May 2023

Mpox 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 mpox information.

Mpox was previously known as monkeypox. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the change in name in November 2022 after complaints over racist and stigmatising language linked to the virus's name.

Getting the mpox vaccine

The mpox vaccine is offered to people who meet the eligibility criteria outlined on the GOV.UK website.

If you've not been exposed to the virus

If you have not been exposed to the virus and are not showing any symptoms, the mpox vaccine is available at our Francis House Vaccination Centre, located on the Guy’s Hospital site.

For further information, and to book an appointment, please visit our online booking system. Vaccination consists of 2 doses of the vaccine, given a minimum of 8 weeks apart.   

If you've been exposed to the virus

If you believe you have been exposed to a confirmed case of mpox, please do not book an appointment using the above link or attend the vaccination centre. We are unable to vaccinate anyone who has been exposed to mpox on a walk in basis.

Please call 111 who will be able to advise you on the appropriate actions to take. Should you be assessed as being eligible for a ‘post-exposure’ vaccination, you will be contacted to arrange an appointment.

Our online information about mpox.

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

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

Information about the smallpox vaccine on GOV.UK.

Information on mpox vaccination extension on GOV.UK.

Latest mpox information from Terence Higgins Trust.

Information about vaccine eligibility on the UKHSA website.

Last updated: November 2023

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