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Smallpox - Healthcare Workers
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Vaccination for Healthcare Workers

  1. Should vaccinators be vaccinated themselves?

    Yes, Department of Defense personnel who are vaccinating others should be vaccinated themselves. This is outlined in the "Clinical Policy for the DoD Smallpox Vaccination Program (SVP)".


  2. Why aren't ALL healthcare workers getting vaccinated?
    The Department of Defense Smallpox Vaccination Program is designed so that a team at each hospital and clinic is prepared to provide care to the 1st set of smallpox (variola) patients in case of an outbreak. If an outbreak occurred, additional health care workers would then be vaccinated.