NYC awaits additional monkeypox vaccines, city health department says

STATEN ISLAND, NY — The New York City Health Department said Sunday it could not offer additional appointments or conduct walk-ins to get a dose of the monkeypox vaccine due to limited supply.

“NYC is still waiting to receive additional doses of the monkeypox vaccine,” the city’s health department said tweeted. “Unfortunately, we cannot offer any further appointments or honorary inspections. We will update as more dates become available.”

Mark Levine, President of the Borough of Manhattan previously said Just 1,000 vaccines were allocated to the five counties from the national stockpile before the federal government was asked to increase the city’s overall supply.

The city opened up monkeypox vaccines to high-risk groups on Thursday, but was quickly met with high demand from walk-in patients. Within hours, officers had to reduce walk-ins.

“All time slots for vaccination appointments are occupied until Monday, June 27th,” the health department wrote on its website. “The health department has not yet received any additional doses and will not be able to offer any further appointments just yet. Walk-in vaccinations are currently no longer possible. We are requesting additional shipments from the CDC to meet the high demand.”

As of Friday, 39 people in New York City have tested positive for the orthopoxvirus; all cases are probably monkeypox. Most of those infected had mild illness, were not hospitalized and have recovered on their own, the health department found.

The virus has been detected in 26 states, according to federal data, although New York City currently accounts for more than 20% of all cases.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recently expressed concern about the spread of the virus, which has been identified in more than 50 countries where it was not previously active – totaling more than 3,000 cases since early May.

He recommended taking precautions to limit the spread of monkeypox, but noted that the WHO is currently halting the classification of the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern, a declaration that represents the highest level of alert the agency can issue .

Officials said the majority of cases in the current outbreak involve gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men. Monkeypox is transmitted between two people by skin-to-skin contact if one of the people has an active rash, and by respiratory droplets if there are lesions in the mouth. It can also be spread through contaminated materials and infected animals.

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