Monkeypox Vaccines Expected to Arrive in New York City…
Monkeypox cases continue to rise globally and New York City has become one of the epicenters of these outbreaks in the United States.
The city announced on Friday, July 1st, that they were expecting a batch of thousands of vaccines to arrive during the following week. They, however, are uncertain as to how they will share the vaccines equally among people most at risk.
As of July 1st, New York currently had 87 positive cases of Monkeypox, and the majority of the infected people have been told to isolate themselves but have not been hospitalized.
Gay and bisexual men are currently at a greater risk of exposure as the virus is currently spreading mainly among those social networks, though anyone can get infected. Monkeypox is a highly contagious disease that spreads through contact with the infected persons’ bodily fluids.
The symptoms are only visible between 14 to 21 days after exposure. Symptoms vary from a rash to sores that resemble pimples. They can appear anywhere on the body including hands, face, mouth, or genital area.
Some people also experience flu-like symptoms that are accompanied by swollen lymph nodes, headaches, and fatigue. It is advised that should anyone experience any of those symptoms, they immediately isolate and call their healthcare provider to report it.
The New York City health officials announced on Friday, July 1st, that they had ordered over 6,000 vaccine doses. They did raise concern, however, as to whether the vaccines will be enough to slow down the outbreak in the city. In a press briefing,
Still on Monkeypox Vaccines…
Governor Kathy Hochul added that she has spoken to White House officials regarding monkeypox vaccines, outreach, and distribution in the city. The positive cases in New York City have increased by 123% in the last week.
The health officials have given assurance to the public that the Monkeypox virus won’t be as severe as COVID-19. The remaining concern is to ensure that there are enough vaccine supplies in all the necessary clinics across the United States.
Bavarian Nordic, which creates the vaccines for Monkeypox, said “The distribution of the vaccine around the world is controlled by governments. In the United States, the distribution of the vaccine is managed by the CDC.
To date, we have not turned down a single order from governments that have requested doses of the vaccine. In the days ahead, we will be working to produce more vaccines if it is required.”
Currently, New York City is providing Monkeypox vaccines at the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic located on 303 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan.
As the vaccines arrive, more clinics and hospitals throughout the city will begin offering vaccinations to high-risk adults.