Amid spike in cases, Italy starts monkeypox vaccination


Italy started its vaccination drive against Monkeypox on Monday, August 8, 2022, in light of the increased number of cases. The increase in monkeypox infections has come at a time when health authorities worldwide are reporting vaccine shortages.

According to the Italian Health Ministry, the country has reported 545 cases of monkeypox so far. The vaccination campaign in Italy started more than a month after other countries, which have seen comparatively higher cases, including the United States, Britain and Spain.


The hospital said that the first vaccination doses would be administered at the Spallanzani hospital in Rome.

Spallanzani has stated that it has two hundred (200) people who will start getting their vaccination shots from Monday onwards, adding that they already have 600 requests for bookings.

Jynneos (MVA-BN), a smallpox vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic, will be used as a vaccine for monkeypox. The European Medicines Agency approves this vaccine for protection against monkeypox.

On Thursday, the administration of vaccinations will also begin in Milan, which is often referred to as Italy’s Financial Capital
The virus is being transmitted mainly among gay and bisexual men in the current outbreak, which began in May. Monkeypox is primarily spread through close contact. It causes pus-filled sores and flu-like symptoms.

According to a Reuter’s tracker, twenty-six thousand and five hundred (26,500) cases have been reported worldwide. These numbers were reported outside the countries where it usually spreads.

In July, World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern”, which is the institution’s highest alert level.


Following WHO’s declaration, the United States also declared monkeypox a public health emergency on August 4. The US has the most number of Monkey-Pox cases worldwide.

The Health Ministry said that gay, bisexual men and transgender people who have recently had sexual contact with multiple partners, recently had a sexually transmitted infection or used chemical drugs when having sex would be eligible for the vaccine. Hospital staff dealing with monkeypox cases are also eligible.

The first case in Italy was recorded on May 20, 2022. There are no current plans for mass vaccinations.

Share post:



More like this

Guardiola’s Reality Check: Manchester City Manager Warns Fans of Impending Challenges

The esteemed manager, who has played a pivotal role in City's domination, expressed concern that supporters might take the team's excellence for granted after recent triumphs, including last season's historic Treble and five Premier League titles in six years

Life Sentence for Caretaker Mark Moodie who Murdered Woman and Incinerated Body

Maureen Gitau, who went missing on December 5 last year after leaving her aunt's birthday party in Deptford, has yet to be found despite an extensive police search

Extreme Cold Grips UK: Schools Close, Roads Hazardous, and Snowfall Predicted

United Kingdom is facing a severe winter onslaught, with more than 30 schools in Cornwall shutting their doors or delaying opening times due to hazardous conditions

Widespread snow expected in Southern England this Week

Already, parts of the UK have witnessed a dusting of snow, with Cumbria and Durham experiencing a snowy morning just yesterday. The Met Office, known for its weather forecasts, acknowledges the unpredictability of the upcoming weather pattern