Monkey pox: the vaccination campaign in France in 4 questions

Posted Jul 26, 2022, 2:47 PMUpdated on Jul 26, 2022 at 4:03 PM

” Prevention is better than cure. “While monkey pox has affected some 1,600 people in France, the government wants to accelerate the vaccination of the populations most at risk. Although the disease is not fatal in most cases, it is very painful. According to Public Health France, it is more worrying when it affects children and immunocompromised people.

1. Who can get vaccinated?

Like other vaccines, the monkeypox vaccine is effective after a post-exposure injection. Also, people who have had risky contact with another patient who has the disease can receive an injection. According to Public Health France, the monkeypox virus is mainly transmitted “by direct contact with the skin lesions or mucous membranes of a sick person, as well as by droplets (saliva, sneezing, sputter…)”. Contacts that can especially take place during sexual intercourse.

Then, the government, following an opinion from the Hautre health authority, decided to concentrate preventive vaccination efforts on the categories most at risk. Men who have sex with men reporting multiple sexual partners, trans people reporting multiple sexual partners, sex workers and “professionals working in places of sexual consumption” are therefore now eligible for vaccination.

2. How is the vaccination carried out?

There are currently two vaccines licensed in the European Union. These are two products designed and authorized to prevent human smallpox, but whose field of use has been extended because of their effectiveness against monkeypox. It is given in two injections, 28 days apart.

3. What do we know about vaccine stocks in France?

“To date, more than 42,000 doses have been destocked” from strategic reserves, announced the Minister of Health François Braun on BFMTV. “We have more than enough doses for the population that is mainly at risk and mainly affected by this disease,” he said. According to the Aides association, 100,000 to 300,000 people need smallpox vaccination.

4. How to make an appointment?

Appointments can be made depending on the vaccination centers online or by telephone. The map of the centers is available on A quick search on the leader in online appointment booking Doctolib is enough to see that there are very few appointments available at short notice. Faced with this situation, the government has promised to “mobilize additional arms” to vaccinate, in particular those of healthy students. A vaccinodrome also opened its doors on Tuesday in Paris.

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