UZ Brussel can still vaccinate against monkeypox

UZ Brussel, Erasmus Hospital and Saint-Luc Hospital will soon be allowed (preventive) monkeypox vaccination. This was decided by the risk management group on Thursday evening. Until now, this was only possible in St. Peter’s Hospital.

Our editors are aware of this. Hospitals are now internally searching for when to start vaccination.

Each of the three hospitals has a reference center for HIV patients. On Thursday, UZ Brussel already said that there are currently many questions from these patients about the monkeypox vaccine. The risk management group decided later in the day to pursue that, UZ Brussel reports. prominence He has not yet been able to reach Health Minister Frank Vandenbroek (Forwitt) for further clarification.


Current regulations allow the vaccine to be given prophylactically to male HIV patients who have had at least two sexually transmitted infections in the past year. People who have had high-risk contact with an infected person are also eligible to get the vaccine, as are health workers who handle the virus. In practice, this includes laboratory personnel who have to analyze samples.

In our country, 3050 vaccines have been distributed to nine reference centers at the moment. Saint-Pierre Hospital in Brussels received 820 doses of this. The hospital is still unable to determine how many doses have actually been given. “The vast majority went to sick,” the spokesperson said this week. From the fall, our country expects another 30,000 vaccines.

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