The Interim Chief Medical Officer has said that she expects Ireland to receive additional monkeypox vaccines by December.

Speaking to RTE, Mayo native Professor Breda Smyth said she cannot yet put a specific figure on that allocation.

There are 113 cases of monkeypox in Ireland at present, which have been diagnosed over an 11-week period. Just four people have been admitted to hospital with the virus.

A present, limited supplies of monkeypox vaccine will mean only around 10% of people at heightened risk will receive a shot when the vaccination programme begins in the coming weeks.

 

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