In France, some vaccination centers have already been active for several days and others will open, starting this week and in the weeks to come.
The Directorate General for Health (DGS) recognized on Tuesday July 12 “time limit“for the vaccination against monkey pox that the authorities have decided to offer preventively to the most exposed groups, in particular homosexuals, but ensures that”all the people concerned (…) can be vaccinated“.
Access to the vaccine for those concerned
Faced with the rise in cases of monkeypox and the difficulties in tracing the chains of contamination, France announced the extension of vaccination, from this week but the health authorities face a growing number of critics reporting difficulty getting an appointment. “Given the high demand, delays for making appointments and injections may be observed during the first days of the campaign.“, agreed the DGS in a press release.
“Furthermore, although the monkeypox vaccines are indeed part of the strategic stock and that, for everyone’s safety, the information related to this stock is classified and cannot be revealed, the health authorities confirm that all the people concerned by the HAS indications may be vaccinated“, she however assured. The authorities have decided to set up a toll-free number.Monkeypox Info service» (0801 90 80 69) accessible 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 7 days a week to inform the public about the epidemic and vaccination.
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Furthermore, if certain vaccination centers arealready active for several days» for example in Ile-de-France, «other centers will open, from this week and in the weeks to come, to cover the entire metropolitan and overseas territory“, highlights the DGS.
The need to “react quickly”
Since the start of the epidemic and as of July 8, more than 700 vaccinations of people considered to be at-risk contacts have been carried out post-exposure. Criticisms of the slow start of the vaccination process have flourished on social networks, relayed by associations or politicians such as the socialist group in the National Assembly, which on Tuesday questioned the Minister of Health François Braun on the need to “react quickly“.
The possibility of preventive vaccination concerns “men who have sex with men and trans people reporting multiple sexual partners, people in prostitution, professionals in places of sexual consumption“. “Vaccination can also be considered on a case-by-case basis for health professionals who have to take care of sick people.“, specified public health France.
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