Monkeypox

Information for Trans and Non-binary people

Monkypox vaccination for trans and non-binary people

Our sexual health service at Kings are offering ‘adhoc’ vaccination clinics for trans and non-binary people. 

These clinics are appointment only. You cannot walk-in for a vaccination.

Vaccine supply is limited but we will offer appointments if we have enough vaccine.

The vaccine clinic is at the King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill Vaccination Centre, behind the Weston Education Centre, SE5 9RJ. 

If you have already been to the cliniQ at Kings clinic on a Tuesday evening and are registered with the clinic you can book an appointment by either calling 020 3299 9405 or by e-mailing 
It should be: kch-tr.vaccinebookings@nhs.net

When you call or e-mail to book an appointment please tell the vaccination team that you have been referred for a monkeypox vaccine by Dr Brady from the cliniQ service.

If you have never been to the cliniQ at Kings clinic and are not registered with our clinic and are eligible for the monkeypox vaccine please contact admin@cliniQ.org.uk. We will ask you for some details so you can register with the service and book an appointment

People at risk of monkeypox are being offered a vaccination. 

Although the vaccine programme is prioritising gay and bisexual men, we are also offering the vaccine to trans and non-binary people who have a similar risk of monkeypox.

The eligibility criteria for the vaccine includes those who:

  • have multiple sexual partners
  • are eligible for the HIV prevention drug, PrEP or who are already on PrEP
  • are involved in group sex or attend sex on premises venues 
  • have had an STI recently (in the past year)

The vaccine is safe to use in people living with HIV and the same eligibility criteria apply.

Vaccine supply is very limited, which is why we are prioritising the vaccine for those who are most at risk and, currently, only first doses of the vaccine are being offered to maximise the current supply available. 

Please note that we only have a limited supply of vaccine and appointments will be booked on a first come, first served basis. We expect to have more vaccine available and will update this page with information on future vaccination clinics.

Guys and St Thomas’ hospital are also offering monkeypox vaccinations and information on their service can be found here: Monkeypox update | Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (guysandstthomas.nhs.uk)

For more information on the vaccine see here: 

Monkeypox: waiting for your vaccination – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection which is mainly spread by wild animals. Over recent months there have been a number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK. Although monkeypox can affect anyone, the majority of those cases are among gay and bisexual men.

Monkeypox is transmitted through close contact, so is likely being passed on during sex rather than sexual transmission. Everyone is being asked to be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen glands, chills and exhaustion. New unexpected or unusual spots, ulcers and blisters can develop anywhere on the body, including the face, and other parts of the body including the hands, pubis and genitals (penis, testicles, vulva, front hole and anus).

In many cases only one or a few spots or ulcers are being found.

If you have concerned that you have any of the symptoms of monkeypox then contact your local sexual health service by phone – not in person – or call 111 for advice.

All calls to 111 or your local sexual health clinic will be treated sensitively and confidentially, but it is important you are tested for monkeypox and cases are found.

Close contacts who have symptoms will be advised to isolate for 21 days.

Health protection teams are getting in touch with close contacts of anyone diagnosed with monkeypox. They will advise you what to do if you do not have symptoms.

The Government website has the latest information on monkeypox cases in the UK.

Further information about monkey pox can be found here: Monkeypox in the UK | Terrence Higgins Trust (tht.org.uk)