Monkeypox: vaccinate, but also raise awareness

The vaccination campaign against monkeypox started in Luxembourg on August 16th. The Ministry of Health is also working on better communicating and raising awareness of the virus, especially in cooperation with associations.

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Pascal MITTELBERGER

The vaccination campaign against monkeypox started in Luxembourg on August 16th. The Ministry of Health is also working on better communicating and raising awareness of the virus, especially in cooperation with associations.

In Luxembourg, the monkeypox epidemic remains contained for the time being, but is nevertheless being closely monitored by the health authorities. The latter communicate every week the figures on the spread of the virus, both in the Grand Duchy and at European or even global level.


ARCHIVE - July 14, 2022, Bavaria, Munich: An employee of a clinic prepares a syringe with the vaccine from Bavarian Nordic (Imvanex / Jynneos) against monkeypox.  By the beginning of the month, almost 430 vaccinations against monkeypox had been carried out in Baden-Württemberg.  (to dpa

The WHO welcomes the signs of a slowdown in the monkeypox epidemic in Europe, which it considers “encouraging”, but also calls for an increase in the efforts being made.


Thus, in the last published weekly report, Health indicated that a total of 50 people had been infected in the country as of August 24 and 284 had been vaccinated since August 16, when the campaign began in Luxembourg.

A second vaccine delivery in December

As of August 26, that number has risen to 384, according to Health Minister Paulette Lenert (LSAP). She is answering a parliamentary question from Déi Gréng MPs Josée Lorsché and Marc Hansen, who asked them about vaccine stocks and information work on this disease.


(FILES) In this file photo taken August 10, 2022, a pharmacist administers a dose of Imvanex, a vaccine to protect against the monkeypox virus, at a pharmacy in Lille, northern France.  - They have traveled miles and crossed borders: The monkeypox vaccination campaign has taken an unexpected turn in Europe, hundreds of people are going abroad in search of a dose because there is no quick access to the vaccine at home.  (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

They’ve traveled miles and crossed borders: The monkeypox vaccination campaign has taken an unexpected turn in Europe, where hundreds of people are heading abroad in search of a dose because they don’t have quick access to the vaccine in their country.


As for stocks, we already knew that Luxembourg currently has 1,600 doses of vaccine: 1,400 directly through the European health agency HERA and 200 doses recently received through the Netherlands to meet strong demand. A total of 800 people can be vaccinated with this amount. “Another delivery via HERA is planned for December. The number of cans available for this second delivery is not yet known,” says Paulette Lenert in her reply to the two MEPs.

Prevention work in cooperation with associations

Finally, the Minister of Health points out that information and prevention work is being developed with the participation of associations in particular. The questions are indeed numerous and repetitive on the subject of monkeypox. In addition, Dr. Thérèse Staub, specialist in infectious diseases at the Luxembourg Hospital Center, several of them on our website this weekend at the latest.



The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday approved a new technique for injecting the monkeypox vaccine, which should make it possible to immunize more people and thus prevent a possible shortage.


For example, “a consultation took place between the Ministry of Health and the LGBTIQ+ Working Group of the Committee on AIDS, Infectious Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance” to prepare the Communication regarding monkeypox. At the same time, the Ministry of Health is also in contact with HIV Berodung, Rosa Lëtzebuerg and Cigale to coordinate the work to raise awareness of monkeypox among vulnerable populations,” concludes Paulette Lenert.

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