Catalonia to vaccinate priority groups against monkeypox from Thursday – Barcelona

The Secretary of Public Health of the Generalitat, Carmen Cabezas, explained that they will start vaccination against monkeypox on Thursday for people in priority groups and will start contacting them to give them an appointment this Wednesday.

In a press conference, Cabezas clarified that vaccination prior to exposure to the disease will be carried out “fundamentally” to men who have sex with men and who participate in PrEP (Pre-Exposure Proxy) programs and prevention programs for people who are already HIV-positive.

These people also they must beunder 45, not having received the vaccine before, not to have suffered from the disease, not have been in close contact with a case of monkeypox in the last ten days, no symptoms compatible with the disease there no general contraindications to any vaccine.

Catalonia has 1,643 vaccines of the 5,300 that have already arrived in Spain and the doses will be administered at three points: Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, ​​​​BCN Checkpoint and the Drassanes-Vall unit of Hebron STD.

People who have been exposed to the virus and who may have complications such as minors, pregnant women and people on treatment with immunosuppressants, as well as healthcare professionals who have treated a case without adequate protection, will also be vaccinated.

Cabezas stressed the importance of administering the vaccine four days after exposure and clarified that those people who need the post-exposure vaccine will be located through epidemiological surveillance.

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