While the Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases and the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (JSC) under the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the DH do not recommend a mass Mpox (also known as monkeypox) vaccination programme, the JSC updated its consensus interim recommendations on September 15 2022 and recommended, among others, the use of third-generation vaccine for post-exposure prophylaxis for contacts of confirmed cases as well as pre-exposure vaccination for individuals at high risk of exposure. According to the recommendation by the JSC, a two-dose regime is required while those who have received smallpox vaccine will only need one dose.
Eligibility: Under the programme, the following high-risk target groups of Hong Kong residents can receive Mpox vaccination on a voluntary basis:
- Individuals with high risk sexual practices, e.g. men who have sex with men (MSM), having multiple sexual partners, sex workers, history of sexually transmitted infection within the past 12 months;
- Healthcare workers responsible for caring of patients with confirmed Mpox;
- Laboratory personnel working with zoonotic pox viruses; and
- Animal care personnel with high risk of exposure in case of Mpox occurrence in animals in Hong Kong
Currently, vaccination will be provided for high-risk target groups at
- Walk-in Service: ALL Social Hygiene Service Clinics (namely Chai Wan SocHS, Wan Chai Male SocHS, Wan Chai Female SocHS, Yau Ma Tei Male SocHS, Yau Ma Tei Female SocHS, Yung Fung Shee SocHS, Fanling SocHS and Tuen Mun SocHS). For details of the clinics, please refer to the following websites: www.dh.gov.hk/english/tele/tele_chc/tele_chc_shcf.html and www.dh.gov.hk/english/tele/tele_chc/tele_chc_shcm.html.
- Such service would also be provided to clients at:
- Department of Health’s Kowloon Bay Integrated Treatment Centre
- Hospital Authority's (HA) Special Medical Clinics at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital
Mpox Vaccination Factsheet (the leaflet)