Hong Kong to start monkeypox vaccination on October 5

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Syringes used for the monkeypox vaccine are seen inside of a bucket in a drive-through monkeypox vaccination point at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, U.S., July 28, 2022. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Files

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HONG KONG, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Hong Kong will launch a monkeypox vaccination programme for "high-risk groups" from Oct. 5 following the discovery of an imported case of monkeypox this month, the city's Department of Health said on Wednesday.

Those groups include healthcare workers, laboratory personnel and people with "high-risk sexual practices" such as sex workers, it said. The government expects about 120,000 people will be able to receive a vaccine.

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Reporting by Twinnie Siu and Marius Zaharia; editing by Andrew Heavens

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