The Ministry of Health announced at the end of the week that it is expanding the monkeypox vaccine labels. The new labels expand the previous labels and will come into effect in the coming days.
Below are the updated labels: Men receiving PreEP from 2021 onwards/ Men with HIV/ Men diagnosed with two sexually transmitted diseases at different times (active syphilis, as learning or gonorrhea) from the beginning of 2021 according to documentation in the medical file.
So far, 176 men have been diagnosed with monkeypox in Israel. According to the guidelines of the World Health Organization, patients with the disease and those defined as close contacts are required to avoid flights as long as there is a risk of infection. The Ministry of Health calls on those who have developed a fever and a blistering rash, or who have been in close contact with a person who is suspected of having monkeypox – to contact the attending physician and get tested. It is important to note that monkeypox tests are available in hospitals and in the community.
The health insurance funds, the IDF and the Levinsky Clinic began to vaccinate according to the indications published by the Ministry of Health, and so far over 1,500 people have been vaccinated. At the beginning of September, the remaining portions purchased to complete the 10,000 portions are expected to arrive. The Ministry of Health is examining the possibility of changing the vaccination guidelines in accordance with the approval of the American Food and Drug Organization, which will allow increased utilization of each vaccine dose, as well as the purchase of additional vaccines to ensure vaccine availability for everyone who is defined as at risk.
Following the change, the director of infectious diseases at Maccabi Health Services, Dr. Shirley Shapira Ben David, says: “We welcome the decision of the Ministry of Health, which decided to expand the criteria for administering the monkeypox vaccine. We at Maccabi are preparing to update the expansion of indications for the members of the coffers. The vaccine is Effective and safe, and we recommend those who meet the criteria to come and get vaccinated, thus maintaining their health and the health of their relatives.”