The cities of New York and Washington, D.C., have had their supplies of vaccines for monkeypox tested less than a day after launching their local immunization initiatives.
New York became the first major city in the United States to begin offering monkeypox vaccines last week, making the two-dose Jynneos smallpox vaccine available to men who have sex with men as well as men who have had multiple sexual partners in the past 14 days. .
The city gave no advance notice of its plans to start administering vaccines and the only clinic that was administering doses was out of date on the same day it began booking it.
On Monday, New York City followed suit by announcing that it would also offer tours of Jynneos for gay and bisexual men. Transgender women and non-transgender people; sex workers; and people working in high-risk situations.
DC Health made appointments available beginning at 1 p.m. ET, and within hours there were no more appointments available on the department’s website. In its announcement, the department warned that the city had a limited supply of the vaccine available from the federal government.
on TwitterDC Health said, “When additional doses become available, the vaccination scheduling portal will reopen. Stay in touch with DC Health social platforms for updates.”
The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates there are 37 confirmed cases of monkeypox in New York state and 16 confirmed cases in the capital. It remains unclear when the federal government will send more doses.
When monkeypox cases began appearing across the United States, federal health authorities said there were about 72,000 doses of Jynneos in the Strategic National Stockpile, a tiny amount compared to more than 100 million doses of ACAM2000, an older smallpox vaccine.
So far, local and state governments have expressed a preference for the newer Jynneos smallpox vaccine due to concerns about potential side effects associated with ACAM2000. Earlier this month, the White House said it expected at least 300,000 additional doses of Genio to be available within the next few weeks.
There are currently more than 200 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States and more than 4,300 cases worldwide in 48 non-endemic countries.
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