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Amsterdam starts vaccinating against monkeypox

On Monday 25 July the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam) has started giving vaccinations against monkeypox. The vaccines provided by the Ministry of Health are intended for specific risk groups, namely those who run the greatest chance of contracting monkeypox. This will limit the outbreak of the disease most quickly and effectively.

On Thursday 7 July the GGD Amsterdam was instructed by the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport to vaccinate against monkeypox, and efforts were immediately made to begin this vaccination programme as quickly as possible. Alderman Shula Rijxman (Public Health): “I’m glad that we can now quickly begin with vaccinations against monkeypox. The community needs it. Monkeypox can be a particularly unpleasant illness. So it’s important that we protect those groups of people who run the greatest risk.”

The vaccines Amsterdam will receive will enable about 10,500 people to be fully vaccinated: two administrations are required for full vaccination. On Monday 25 July the first 50 people have been given an injection. Over the following days this will be expanded to about 100 people per day, 7 days a week. The experiences gained will be used to inform the further expansion of capacity.

Who will we be vaccinating?

The selection criteria to determine who qualifies for the vaccine were formulated by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. The GGD will use its own database to send invitations to those known to them. This will ensure that those who run the greatest risk of infection will be contacted. These concern:

  • In the first place, everyone registered with the Centre for Sexual Health, or registered with their family doctor as a PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) user, or on a waiting list for PrEP.
  • Secondly, those living with HIV and registered as such, and who run a greater chance of contracting monkeypox.
  • Thirdly, all those known to STD clinics will receive an invitation to be vaccinated.

Personal invitation for vaccination

Everyone eligible for vaccination will receive a personal invitation from the GGD Amsterdam. At present, those not in possession of a personal invitation are not eligible for vaccination.