Second doses of the vaccine against monkeypox are being offered to those most at risk, clinics in Greater Manchester are now open for people to receive their second vaccine and maximise protection against the virus.
Already, 3,281 people in Greater Manchester have received their first vaccination against monkeypox and of those 1,122 have attended for a second dose.
Those who were first to receive the vaccination over the summer are now eligible to receive their second dose, which is recommended two to three months after getting the first vaccination. To ensure that getting that second dose is as easy and convenient as possible, several appointment-only clinics will be running across Greater Manchester over the coming weeks and months.
Clinics will be held at a range of times and locations that individuals can choose from; in some cases, individuals will be able to go back to clinics where they had their first vaccine. Where this is not possible, other local providers will ensure that people can get vaccinated. For those who have yet to be vaccinated, first doses will also be on offer.
- If you need a first dose, you can approach any sexual health provider in Greater Manchester directly and book via phone, e-mail or online booking link (you do not have to be registered with a sexual health provider to do so -details provided below).
- If you are eligible for a second dose, in many cases you will be contacted directly by the service you used to book a follow up appointment. For people who were vaccinated at the Vaccination Hub in Manchester previously, please click here to book.
- If you are registered with another provider, please see more details below. Note, if you are registered with HCRG, you will need to book via an alternative provider using any of the links provided below.
How to get a vaccine:
- Bolton NHS Foundation Trust: available at Bolton Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health and in Salford, Shine Sexual Health Service. To book a first dose appointment, email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book or email@example.com. For second doses: patients will be contacted directly by the provider/ clinic to book an appointment. Please note if you received your first dose at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Hospital, second doses will now be administered at the Shine Sexual Health Centre in Salford.
- HRCG: for services provided in Rochdale (Nye Bevan House, Croft Shifa Health Centre, Middleton Health Centre and Heywood Clinic), Oldham (Oldham Integrated Care Centre, Glodwick Primary Care Centre, Royton Health and Wellbeing Centre, Failsworth Primary Care Centre) and Bury (Bury Townside Primary Care Centre and Radcliffe Primary Care Centre). To book a first dose appointment or second dose appointment, either email the Bolton provider: firstname.lastname@example.org, book online via the Northern Sexual Health Centre, book online via Locala Sexual Health and Wellbeing or call Spectrum on 01942 949167.
- Locala: for services provided in Stockport at the Choices Centre or in Tameside at the Orange Rooms. First and second doses can be booked here. Patients may also be contacted to book a second dose appointment directly.
- Northern Sexual Health Service: for services provided in Manchester at the Hathersage Centre, North Manchester General Hospital, Withington Community Hospital, or the Trafford Sexual Health Service (Trafford and Urmston clinics. First and second doses can be booked here.
- Spectrum: for services provided in Wigan, call 01942 949167 to book a first dose appointment. For second doses: patients will be contacted directly by the provider/ clinic to book an appointment.
The vaccine will as previously be available to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men at highest risk of getting monkeypox (for example if people have multiple partners, participate in group sex or attend ‘sex on premises’ venues, people with a recent bacterial sexually transmitted infection and those eligible for PREP, the preventative drug for HIV transmission), people who have had recent close contact with someone infected with monkeypox, and healthcare workers caring for and due to start caring for a patient with the virus.
Jane Pilkington, director of population health, NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, said:
“The recent reports of a decrease in cases of monkeypox across the UK is certainly encouraging and will in part be due to people following advice given such as how to recognise potential symptoms, actions to keep themselves safe and importantly those at the highest risk taking up the vaccine offer, for which I would like to thank them.
“It is important that, when able to, individuals receive their second dose of the vaccine, two to three months after receiving their first. This helps maximise their protection against the virus, protecting them and those around them.
“I hope that the opening of further clinics will help people receive their vaccination as easily as possible and allow those eligible to get their second dose to do so sooner.
“Please remember, that as with any vaccine, it won’t give 100% protection, and won’t be effective straight away, so stay alert for symptoms and call NHS 111 or a local sexual health clinic if you have signs of monkeypox, even if it’s just one spot.”