Monkeypox: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 22 June 2022.

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Photo of Lloyd Russell-Moyle Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour/Co-operative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2022 to Question 6877 on Monkeypox: Vaccination, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of offering a monkeypox vaccine to at risk groups during a routine sexual health check-up.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The UK Health Security Agency regularly reviews vaccine eligibility. The Imvanex vaccine is currently offered pre-exposure to healthcare workers who are at high-risk of coming into contact with the virus. This includes individuals working in sexual health services and high consequence infectious disease units. The vaccine is also offered post-exposure to higher categories of close contacts of confirmed cases, ideally within four days of exposure. This can be extended to 14 days for those in high-risk groups, including gay and bisexual men, men who have sex with men, pregnant women, young children, the elderly and those who are immunosuppressed.

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