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1,400 Israelis vaccinated against monkeypox so far, says ministry

Empty vials of monkeypox vaccines lie on a table after being used to vaccinate people at a medical center in Barcelona, Spain, July 26, 2022. (AP/Francisco Seco)
Empty vials of monkeypox vaccines lie on a table after being used to vaccinate people at a medical center in Barcelona, Spain, July 26, 2022. (AP/Francisco Seco)

The Health Ministry says that so far just 1,400 Israelis have been vaccinated against monkeypox.

More than 5,000 doses of the vaccine arrived last month, and the ministry says it should have the full 10,000 it ordered by early September.

So far, 176 men have tested positive for monkeypox in Israel, the ministry says.

Highest priority for the vaccine is being given to men born after 1980 who are HIV positive or are taking pre-exposure prophylaxis medication to reduce their chance of contracting HIV. (Israel vaccinated the general population against smallpox until 1980 — although the military continued for a number of years — and that vaccine can provide protection against monkeypox.)

In addition, those who have tested positive for syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea since January 1 of this year will be considered a high priority to receive the vaccine.

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