The smallpox (MVA) vaccines are not made to be routinely used in any country, so global supplies are limited. The UK has secured a limited supply to cover this outbreak and the vaccine batches will become available as each batch is manufactured and supplied. So, every dose is needed to protect those at highest risk and to help respond to the outbreak.
NHS Sexual health services will be contacting those who are likely to be at highest risk to come in first.
Once more vaccine supply becomes available, the offering of vaccination to people outside these initial groups will be considered.
In the meantime, gay and bisexual men should be aware of the risks of monkeypox and be careful when attending events and situations where close contact may occur. Everyone should avoid close contact with anyone who is unwell, has blisters or a rash.