People who received the first dose of the vaccine against monkeypox abroad can get their second dose at the designated hospitals or vaccination centres in the Brussels-Capital Region from today.
Following Belgium's Risk Management Group's (RMG) decision to broaden the eligibility criteria for preventive vaccination against monkeypox, the Brussels health authorities ensured the implementation of these new criteria in the Capital Region.
In practice, the following groups are now also eligible to be vaccinated against monkeypox in Belgium:
- those who can prove that they received a first vaccine dose abroad can receive the second dose in Brussels,
- men who have sex with men and were born before 1976 (meaning they should already have been vaccinated against smallpox) can now receive a single vaccine dose preventively.
Preventive vaccination will take place at the Pacheco vaccination centre until Saturday 17 December and at the UMC Saint-Pierre, Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc, Erasmus, and UZ Brussel hospitals.