New York State will obtain 110,000 extra doses of the monkeypox vaccine from the federal authorities, officers introduced Thursday.
They’re a part of a batch of 800,000 doses that the federal authorities plans to distribute. Round 10 p.c, or 80,000 of these doses, will go to New York Metropolis; 30,000 will go to the New York State Well being Division.
Right here’s what that you must find out about getting a monkeypox vaccine in New York Metropolis.
How do folks get monkeypox?
Within the present epidemic, monkeypox has unfold primarily by way of shut bodily contact with an contaminated individual. In New York, the virus has been primarily spreading amongst males who’ve intercourse with males. It causes rashes and pustules to type, and its major mode of transmission is thru direct bodily contact with sores.
It could actually additionally unfold by way of contaminated objects from a affected person, such as bedsheets and clothing, and by way of respiratory droplets. Researchers have discovered the virus in bodily fluids like saliva, urine and semen, however there may be nonetheless debate over whether or not it’s transmitted sexually or simply by way of skin-to-skin contact.
What to Know Concerning the Monkeypox Virus
What’s monkeypox? Monkeypox is a virus just like smallpox, however signs are much less extreme. It was found in 1958, after outbreaks occurred in monkeys stored for analysis. The virus was primarily present in components of Central and West Africa, however in latest weeks it has unfold to dozens of nations and contaminated tens of 1000’s of individuals, overwhelmingly males who’ve intercourse with males. On July 23, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency.
Who’s eligible for a vaccine in New York Metropolis?
Grownup males who’ve intercourse with males and who’ve had a number of sexual companions up to now 14 days are eligible for a vaccine in New York Metropolis. Shut contacts of contaminated individuals are additionally eligible.
Inside the group of eligible folks, the Well being Division is very encouraging individuals who have companions exhibiting monkeypox signs to get vaccinated. The division can also be encouraging eligible individuals who have met their companions by way of social media platforms reminiscent of Grindr or at massive gatherings to get vaccinated.
Eligible individuals who have a situation that weakens the immune system, reminiscent of H.I.V., or who’ve a historical past of dermatitis or eczema are additionally strongly inspired to get vaccinated.
Individuals who have had monkeypox are not eligible for vaccination.
How can I get a vaccine in New York Metropolis?
The Well being Division has a website the place folks can e book an appointment. All appointments have been crammed as of late July, however individuals are inspired to examine the web site for openings that come up by way of cancellations.
The Well being Division has stated it’s going to instantly inform people who find themselves shut contacts of contaminated folks find out how to schedule an appointment.
What number of doses can be found?
The 110,000 extra doses are anticipated to be despatched to the state and metropolis.
In mid-July, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that the state and the town had already acquired greater than 28,000 doses, and that one other 32,785 doses had been on their method from the federal authorities.
“We’ll proceed to work intently with the Biden administration to make sure New York will get its justifiable share of monkeypox vaccines,” Gov. Hochul stated.
What sort of issues have there been with the vaccine rollout?
New York Metropolis began its rollout of the vaccine in late June. The town didn’t publicly announce the supply of the popular monkeypox vaccine till half-hour earlier than appointments had been accessible. The information of its availability unfold on social media and thru phrase of mouth.
Lots of of individuals, largely white males, stood outdoors the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic to obtain their pictures. A few of these males had been turned away and inspired to e book appointments on-line as a result of there weren’t sufficient pictures. Folks have additionally skilled glitches on the appointment scheduling web site.