Smallpox: Chemnitz Clinic awaits free press vaccine

People with disabilities will soon be continuously immunized. However, vaccination recommendations only apply to a certain group of people.


People with disabilities will soon be vaccinated against the smallpox virus at the Chemnitz clinic. Vaccination takes place continuously at the infectious and tropical medicine clinic – as soon as the vaccine is there, a spokeswoman for the clinic said. Social Affairs Minister Petra Köpping announced last week that vaccination centers against smallpox would be set up in Chemnitz, Leipzig and Dresden. According to the hospital, the vaccine is still missing. This is provided by the Federal Department of Health. “We’re waiting for it,” the spokeswoman said.

According to the Berlin ministry, the first 40,000 of the 240,000 cans ordered by the government were delivered to the federal government last week. The remaining deliveries will follow in the third quarter. According to the spokesperson, distribution and vaccination are a matter for the countries. The vaccine is distributed according to the person affected. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were two confirmed cases of smallpox in Dresden and Leipzig and two suspected cases in the federal capital, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs.

People are vaccinated almost exclusively after close contact with people suffering from monkey pox. According to the Saxon Vaccination Commission (Siko), whose chairman Thomas Grünewald is the head of the infectious and tropical medicine clinic at the clinic, close contacts are bed sleep or sexual contacts. “Vaccination against monkeypox is not prophylactic vaccination as against the corona,” the hospital spokesman emphasizes. Vaccination should be carried out within five days of the last contact. Siko recommends vaccinations for only a few people and according to the individual decision of the doctor, which is given in two doses with an interval of 28 days. These include people over the age of 18 with a weakened immune system who have been in close contact with a person suffering from smallpox and who have had no or insufficient protection by smallpox vaccination. Vaccination is offered to other groups of people, for example if they are immunocompromised and lack vaccination protection and belong to the social environment of a patient or healthcare professional who cares for smallpox patients and has no or insufficient vaccination protection.

According to Siko, even without the current vaccination, part of the population already has sufficient protection against smallpox – all people who have had two smallpox vaccinations in the past or who have a classic post-vaccination scar, typically on the upper body. arms.

information to vaccination recommendations Siko can be found here.

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