Health and wellbeing
Walsall residents eligible for mpox vaccine urged to come forward
Walsall Public Health is urging residents to check if they can have the mpox vaccine ahead of the summer and festival season.
The vaccine is safe and effective and reduces the chance of getting mpox and passing on the virus, a few weeks after the first dose. Mpox is spread through close physical contact, meaning anyone can catch the virus. However, some people and groups are at higher risk.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust now has doses of the mpox vaccination available for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (GBMSM) at highest risk from mpox. Eligible residents are urged to have their 1st dose by 16 June 2023 and their 2nd dose by 31 July 2023.
Anyone who is eligible for the vaccine and would like to book an appointment or would like more information should phone WiSH (Walsall Integrated Sexual Health) on 01922 270 400.
“ The number of mpox cases in the region has to date been extremely low, and the number of mpox cases has significantly decreased across the UK since the peak in the summer last year.
It is important we maximise the number of people coming forward for the vaccine. If you are in one of the eligible groups and have not had your vaccine yet, you could be at a higher risk of getting mpox.
Please be assured that there is enough vaccine available for those who want it. I strongly recommend people take up the vaccine offer. It will help keep you and your friends and loved ones safe. “
“ A vaccination for mpox continues to be offered to people in Walsall who are most at risk of being exposed to the virus. If you feel that you are eligible or would like to know more then please contact WiSH in confidence and one of our friendly team will discuss the process with you and answer any questions you may have. We can offer a range of appointment days and times, and often have evening appointments available. “
Notes to editors:
The UK Health Security Agency published a release about the mpox vaccine on 22 March 2023, urging eligible people to come forward: People still eligible for mpox vaccine urged to come forward - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
To search for your nearest mpox vaccination site, visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mpox/find-a-mpox-vaccination-site/
Further information about mpox is available on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mpox/