NHS Launches New Online Site Finder for Monkeypox Vaccines
The NHS has today launched a new online vaccine site finder to make it as easy as possible for eligible people to get their monkeypox jab.
Almost 50,000 people have so far been vaccinated for monkeypox since the NHS rolled out the programme at speed once the first cases were identified.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the UK Consensus Group estimate around 95,000 people in England are eligible, but only half of these are in contact with sexual health services.
The online service means that anyone who is eligible can go online and find their nearest site and find information on how they can get an appointment.
In line with UKHSA guidance those at greatest risk of exposure are eligible. This includes high risk gay, bisexual and/or men who have sex with men (GBMSM), along with specific frontline staff and those who have been in close contact with a confirmed case.
There are already almost 100 sites on the monkeypox vaccine site finder across England and those eligible can find their nearest one at www.nhs.uk/find-a-monkeypox-vaccination – the site finder allows people to receive their vaccination confidentially if they choose to.
Until now, the NHS and sexual health services have been contacting men who are likely to be at higher risk of infection to get protected, because for example, they had an appointment, including for PrEP.
Now anyone eligible is being asked to come forward for a first dose as more supply becomes available and receive the vaccine.