Written Statement: Deployment of the Monkeypox Vaccine

Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services

Hannah Blythyn MS, Deputy Minister for Social Partnerships

On 22 July 2022, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued a press release regarding the accelerated monkeypox vaccination roll-out in London. This statement is to update Members on the implications of this on the roll-out in Wales.

The monkeypox vaccines are not produced to be routinely used in any country, so global supplies have been limited. Because of the limit on supply, the four UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed, in the short term, to the UK wide outbreak management approach, proposed by UKHSA. This means vaccine deployment will be prioritised where there are localised outbreaks.

For Wales, like the rest of the UK, this means in the short term, only those most at risk in areas with localised outbreaks are being prioritised for vaccination. People who fall within this category in Wales will be contacted directly by their health board.

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