Vaccination against monkeypox is about to begin in Berlin –

Vaccination against the monkeypox virus will begin shortly in Berlin.

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The goal is to start next week, Health Senator Ulrike Gote said after the Senate meeting on Tuesday (June 29, 2022). “Every day is important to me here,” added a Greens politician. “When I see more than 30-50 people infected every day, I want to be able to act as soon as possible.”

More than 500 monkeypox cases enrolled in Berlin

So far, 557 people have been registered for the monkeypox virus in Berlin (as of Monday night), Gote said. There are 838 registered cases nationwide, which means that two-thirds of all monkeypox infections in Germany have been registered in the federal capital. According to the Robert Koch Institute, pathogens are transmitted primarily through close physical contact from person to person. “In Berlin, as far as we know, the disease is now only prevalent in men who have sex with men,” Goat said. However, all populations can be infected.

The first vaccine shipment has already arrived

Berlin has already received the first shipment of the monkeypox vaccine. According to the Senator, the original plan is for HIV specialists to provide vaccinations at Charite Hospital and the Infectious Diseases Clinic at St. Joseph Hospital in Tempelhof. In total, Berlin will receive 80,000 of the 200,000 vaccinations ordered by the federal government. According to Gote, vaccination is an important factor in containing the outbreak of the virus.

The first vaccination provided to the contact

“Vaccines are only available in limited quantities for the time being, so the Standing Committee for Vaccines (Stiko) recommends that currently exposed contacts be given priority vaccinations.” Mr. Goat said. Stiko recommends vaccination for people who are at high risk of contact or infection. Senator added that more vaccines are expected from the second half of July.

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Issued: June 29, 2022

Last updated: June 29, 2022

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