About 2,000 doses of the vaccine against monkeypox have arrived in Lombardy, most of them destined for Milan, where there is the most important cluster in the Region. The administrations will start as early as this week. There are currently 269 cases of monkeypox registered in Lombardy, of which 266 are men and 198 reported by the Milan ATS.
The first supply of vaccines will be available from the Lombard network of Centers for the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections for people at risk of contagion, including laboratory staff with possible exposure to the virus and those who have had at least one sexually transmitted infection in the ‘last year. With the involvement of the various Ats and infectious disease centers, the coordination unit set up by the Lombardy Region is defining the guidelines for the vaccination of subjects at risk. Within the task force wanted by the Region there are also three representatives of associations active in the fight against AIDS, Milan Check Point, the Milanese section of Lila and Asa. The subjects most at risk will also be identified thanks to the support of these associations.