Monkeypox vaccination: Berlin expects almost 5400 doses

Berlin (dpa / bb) – Berlin expects further supplies of monkeypox vaccine in the near future. The capital will probably receive 5,380 cans of it on Tuesday (August 30), the Senate Department for Science, Health, Care and Equality announced on Monday at the request of the German Press Agency. “These will be distributed in equal parts to the 32 vaccination centers by the end of the week or early next week,” it said. The Mitte district will receive the remaining 260 doses of vaccine.

The distribution of a total of 19,500 additional vaccine doses against the virus nationwide became known over the weekend. According to the government, the available vaccine is currently not sufficient to meet the demand in practices, especially in hotspots. The Standing Committee on Vaccination (Stiko) recommends vaccination to prevent monkeypox for certain groups and people who have had close contact with infected people. She sees an increased risk of infection above all in men who have same-sex sexual contacts with changing partners.

Since the start of the international outbreak in May 2022, Berlin has reported by far the most cases of the disease of all German federal states: around 1,600 (data as of August 26). It is followed by the most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia with almost 760 people affected. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 3,422 monkeypox infections have been reported nationwide. According to the RKI, the number of cases transmitted weekly has declined slightly since the beginning of August.

As the Berlin health administration announced last week, more than 6,000 monkeypox vaccinations have been administered in the capital so far. Demand was estimated to be very high. Because of the vaccine shortage, Berlin has already asked other federal states to hand over doses – according to the health administration, 160 doses came from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania last week. Initially, Berlin had received 8,000 vaccine doses, a further 3,400 came from subsequent deliveries after negotiations with the federal and state governments.

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