The federal government is sending another 8,195 doses of monkeypox vaccine to New York to replenish depleted supplies amid a surge in cases, particularly among the LGBTQ community in the five boroughs.
“I recognize the fear and concern this outbreak has caused, particularly for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers, which is why my team and I will continue to work around the clock to secure as many vaccines as possible for our residents,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul in a press release announcing the upcoming vaccine delivery.
A total of 5,985 of the 8,195 cans being shipped to the state will go to New York City, although the exact timing of delivery is up to the CDC, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services
Hochul said the government had agreed during a phone call with White House advisers Dr. Ashish Jha and Dr. Raj Panjabi to broadcast more on Thursday, with further actions possible in the future to increase the vaccine supply once again.
“As your governor, I am committed to protecting our most vulnerable communities and ensuring equitable resource allocation and information,” Hochul said in the release.
Monkeypox typically spreads through direct contact with an infected person, particularly through sexual activity or close contact in places like nightclubs.
Symptoms of the viral disease include a rash or sores, which typically appear between seven and 14 days after exposure, according to the city’s Health Department. Infected people may also have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, or fatigue.
People who suspect they are infected should call 311, according to department.
As of June 30, a total of 78 people have tested positive for monkeypox, which in some cases can lead to serious illness, according to the department.
The recent spike in cases has led to increased demand for the vaccine, leading to shortages and the suspension of vaccination appointments in recent days.
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