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Ministry of Health refuses to vaccinate medical staff against monkeypox

Despite the continued spread of monkeypox, the Health Ministry still refuses to vaccinate medical personnel who come into contact with infected patients, Ynet learned on Monday.

A dermatologist once caught the infection while handling a sample from a patient. Other high-risk people include family doctors, nurses, and medical staff who come into direct contact with patients or handle lab tests.

The Department of Health said in response that it was “committed to the welfare of health workers”, but that cases of infection from exposure among medical staff were “extremely rare”.

However, ministry officials said they “will continue to review the guidelines with the goal of determining which healthcare workers will receive the vaccine.”

Monkeypox is characterized by a rash that may look like pimples or blisters, from which the virus can be transmitted, normally through skin-to-skin contact.

Older or immunocompromised physicians, who are particularly vulnerable to infection, are also not eligible to be vaccinated against monkeypox.

Hila, a doctor working at one of Tel Aviv’s hospitals who asked to be identified only by her first name, expressed her concerns to Ynet as a medical professional who receives treatment that suppresses the immune system. .

“I come to work shaking in fear because I have a lot of male patients from the gay community who don’t know if they are infected or not,” she said.

“Even those without blisters can infect me. And such a contagion could endanger my life. It is absurd that the Ministry of Health has abandoned us, we who are in daily contact with patients .”

Another doctor who has already diagnosed monkeypox in some of their patients told Ynet that the Health Ministry also denied them the vaccine.