RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Some Wake County residents spent their Saturday morning waiting in line to receive a monkeypox vaccine.
It comes two days later The White House has declared monkeypox a public health emergency.
The Wake County Health Department is hosting the free monkeypox vaccination event Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. It takes place at the Wake County Public Health Center at 10 Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh.
You see a large turnout, accordingly a tweet.
“The line snakes through the interior, out the door and around the corner!” it says.
The agency says a couple arrived at 6am – four hours before the event started – to ensure they were first in line.
To qualify for the vaccine, participants must be at least 18 years old and meet the following requirements:
- People who have been in close physical contact with someone diagnosed with monkeypox in the past 14 days
- Men who have had sex with men in the last 90 days, or transgender people who report having multiple or anonymous sex partners, who have been diagnosed with an STD or have a history of HIV
Officials say anyone coming to receive the vaccine will be given a brief screening beforehand.
The event is free and no appointment is required, according to organizers.
“This is a deliberate move to remove all barriers to entry,” said Sig Hutchinson, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners.
In a press release, Wake County Public Health reported that there were about 550 doses of the vaccine.
The agency plans to distribute them until supplies run out.
Masks must be worn throughout the stay in the public health center.
https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/line-is-out-the-door-wake-co-monkeypox-vaccine-clinic-sees-big-turnout/ The Wake Co. Monkeypox Vaccination Clinic is seeing a large turnout