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HEALTH AND WELLBEING: There’s still time to get an Mpox vaccine…

Although cases are currently low, it’s still possible to get a first or second dose of the mpox vaccine across London this summer

Just over a year ago, an outbreak of mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) started in the UK that was largely concentrated on populations of gay and bisexual men, and MSM (men who have sex with men). By 24th October 2022, the UK government had logged 3,628 cases.

After a huge vaccination effort from the nation’s sexual health clinics and a commendable response from the LGBTQ+ community, the number of cases was drastically reduced by the turn of the year. However, the fact that there were eleven cases in London diagnosed between 30th April and 25th May is a warning that the disease hasn’t been fully eradicated.

For JamieHP, organiser of red hot parties across the capital, this news should act as an encouragement for the unvaccinated or half-vaccinated to get fully protected against the disease.

“Health officials are extending vaccinations for mpox in London after recording a fresh surge in cases in the capital recently,” he said. “The national mpox outbreak vaccination program run by the UK Health Security Agency is due to close at the end of July, but they’ve said there will be slots available beyond this date in response to these new cases.”

There’s a list of London sexual health clinics at which it’s possible to book a jab here. Those eligible include gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men with multiple sexual partners, participate in group sex or attend sex on-premises venues. Staff who work on these premises are also eligible, as are those who regularly travel to London or abroad.

 

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