More than 5,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine will arrive in the next period in the infectious disease hospitals in Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Iaşi, Timisoara and Constanţa for the immunization of suitable people. The good part is that these hospitals can transfer the vaccine, free of charge, to other health or infectious disease units in the county at their request, when the situation calls for it.
The Ministry of Health announced that Romania has received 5060 doses of the monkeypox vaccine, based on a donation contract concluded with the European Commission.
According to the Ministry of Health, the people subjected to post-exposure vaccination are the direct contacts of infected cases.
It is recommended to carry out vaccination as soon as possible after the time of exposure: between 4 and 14 days. A second dose of the vaccine is needed at 28-day intervals to complete basic immunization.
If the first dose is not given between 4 and 14 days, the vaccine may not prevent the disease, but the severity of the symptoms will be greatly reduced.
So far, 38 patients in Romania have been diagnosed with monkeypox.