People eligible for mpox vaccine urged to come forward

Eligible City residents and workers who have not yet received their first or second dose of the mpox vaccine are being encouraged to take up the offer.

Vaccination sites in London are offering the jabs to men who are gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men.

The nationwide mpox outbreak vaccination programme was due to close at the end of July. However, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has announced that vaccinations will be available beyond this date in London after several new cases were recently diagnosed.

You do not need to be registered with a GP to get the mpox jabs and you can find your local vaccination provider on the NHS website.

 The nearest vaccination sites to the City of London include:

 Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children’s Services Committee, Ruby Sayed, said:

“The vaccine is safe and effective and reduces the chance of getting mpox and passing on the virus.

“Mpox is spread through close physical contact, meaning anyone can catch it, but gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men are at higher risk.

“I’m urging everyone eligible who hasn’t yet received their first or second dose to take up the offer.”

For more information on the mpox vaccine and mpox symptoms visit: Mpox - NHS (www.nhs.uk)