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Vaccination against monkeypox

8 augustus 2022

The Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam) vaccinates risk groups preventively against monkeypox in order to limit the outbreak of the disease.

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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 are men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans people who:

  1. Use PrEP through the Center for Sexual Health or were already on the waiting list for PrEP before July 25, 2022.

  2. Are using PrEP through their primary care physician.

  3. Are living with HIV and have an increased risk of STIs. This is determined by their HIV treatment provider.

  4. Are known to the Centre for Sexual Health as being at increased risk of contracting an STI, including sex workers.

At this moment we are inviting the first group in Amsterdam. The invitations will be sent out in phases. It is therefore possible that you will have to wait a while.

Everyone eligible for vaccination will automatically receive a personal invitation from the GGD Amsterdam. It is currently not possible to put yourself forward for vaccination, either with your family doctor or the GGD.

The vaccine

The vaccination uses Imvanex (PDF, 51 kB). Imvanex is registered in Europe as a vaccine against smallpox for adults. Since July 22, 2022, Imvanex is also registered in Europe against monkeypox.  We know that Imvanex is safe to use, including for people living with HIV. We do not yet know exactly how effective an Imvanex vaccination is at conferring protection in practice. The injections do not leave a scar.

One or two injections?

If you were born in the Netherlands before 1975 and received a smallpox vaccination in the past, then just one injection will be needed. If you were born after this date, you will need two injections.

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