The rollout of the Monkeypox vaccine will be accelerated in London, after 2,050 cases have been confirmed across England, with the majority based in the capital.
The UKHSA announced that they had obtained more than 100,000 additional vaccine doses and that the first 20,000 are set to be delivered for use by the NHS in August.
People who are most likely to get the Monkeypox virus will be asked to get the vaccine first, including eligible gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men, the frontline staff at greatest risk of exposure, and people who have been in close contact with a confirmed case.
Thousands of Londoners will be contacted over the next few weeks about getting their vaccine, and the public is being asked to wait to be contacted about getting their vaccine.
Find out which clinics in London are offering the vaccine below.
Where can I get a monkeypox vaccine in London?
There are at least 18 clinics offering monkeypox vaccinations in London, including at the following locations:
Dean Street sexual health clinic in Soho
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Guy’s Hospital in Southwark
Mortimer Market Centre in Camden
Barking Hospital Outpatient Centre East
This list will be updated once the full list of locations has been confirmed.
The number of clinics across England offering the vaccine will “grow rapidly” over the coming weeks, according to a statement from the NHS.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It’s encouraging that the monkeypox vaccine is being rapidly expanded across our capital.
“With London seeing the highest rate of infection in the country, it is important that NHS London is able to prioritise the vaccination of those most at risk.
“I urge everyone who is offered the vaccine to book their appointment as soon as they are contacted.”
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at UKHSA: “Vaccination will further strengthen our response and so we urge all those who are eligible for the vaccine to take it up when offered. It will help protect yourself and others you have had close contact with.
“While the infection is mild for many, it can cause severe symptoms and hospitalisation in some. Please remember that the vaccine may not provide complete protection against monkeypox, so it is still important to be alert for the symptoms of monkeypox and call 111 or a sexual health clinic if you develop any.”