Until when can I get vaccinated against Mpox?
On 8 May 2023, the Municipal Public Health Services (GGDs) started a new round of vaccinations against mpox. The end date for the Mpox vaccination varies depending on the GGD region. See the overview here.
First vaccination until 1 September. Second vaccination until 1 October.
- GGD Drenthe
- GGD Flevoland
- GGD Gooi- en Vechtstreek
- GGD Hollands Midden
- GGD IJsselland
- GGD Kennemerland
- GGD Limburg-Noord
- GGD Noord- en Oost-Gelderland
- GGD West-Brabant
- GGD Zaanstreek Waterland
- GGD Zuid-Limburg
First vaccination until 1 October. Second vaccination until 1 November.
- GGD Amsterdam
- GGD Brabant Zuidoost
- GGD Gelderland-Midden
- GGD Gelderland Zuid
- GGD Groningen
- GGD Haaglanden
- GGD Hart voor Brabant
- GGD Rotterdam Rijnmond
- GGD Twente
- GGD Utrecht
- GGD Zeeland
- Until 22 August, it is possible to get a first or second vaccination from GGD Fryslân. After that, it is possible to get a first or second vaccination from GGD Groningen.
- GGD Hollands Noorden is no longer vaccinating against Mpox. It is possible to get a first or second vaccination from GGD Amsterdam.
- GGD Zuid Holland Zuid is not vaccinating against Mpox. It is possible to get a first or second vaccination from GGD Rotterdam Rijnmond.
Who can get the Mpox vaccination?
Vaccination against Mpox is for people in the following groups, if they are also at higher risk:
- Men who have sex with men (MSM contact)
- Transgender people
People in these groups are eligible for vaccination if they practice behaviours that involve a higher risk of Mpox, such as sex workers. This applies to you if:
- You are using HIV-PrEP;
- You are on the waiting list for HIV-PrEP;
- You have had more than 10 sexual partners in the past six months;
- You go to sex venues and/or sex parties;
- You engage in group sex;
- You have a HIV infection and were eligible for Mpox vaccination based on the previous screening criteria (hepatitis C screening as an indicator of high-risk behaviour).
How can I get the vaccination?
Are you in the target group, and did you not receive the Mpox vaccinations in 2022? Or did you start vaccinating in the last round, but did not have the second dose of the vaccine? Then you can make an appointment with your local Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) by telephone or online. Would you like to know if you are eligible for vaccination, or are you unsure whether you are eligible? An online tool is available at ManTotMan.nl that can help you figure it out. If you answer the questions in the online tool and are still unsure, please contact your local GGD.
I am not in the target group. Can I still get a vaccination against Mpox?
No, at this point you can only get an Mpox vaccination if you are in one of the groups listed above. Vaccinating these groups will help most to prevent the disease from spreading. This is clear from research on last year’s infections. However, close contacts of people with a confirmed Mpox infection are frequently offered a vaccination.
Be alert to symptoms
Always keep an eye out for possible Mpox symptoms – even if you were vaccinated. If symptoms occur, contact the local GGD or your doctor immediately to get tested. Avoid sexual contact and all direct contact with the skin until the test result is known.
Side-effects of Mpox vaccination
Vaccination against Mpox can cause side effects. The most common side effects are pain, redness and swelling at the injection site. You may also have muscle pain, headache, nausea, and fever or elevated temperature. Possible side effects should always be reported to Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb.
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