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The demand for monkeypox vaccines is outstripping the availability in New York City and Washington, D.C., two of the primary cities within the US to supply inoculation towards the virus.
The D.C. Department of Health introduced that 300 appointments for the monkeypox vaccine can be accessible on Tuesday and Thursday, however these spots have been already booked up by midday on Monday.
New York City additionally began providing the Jynneos vaccine on the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic however all of the appointments by means of Monday have been stuffed.
Eligibility in each New York City and D.C. was restricted to homosexual and bisexual males, as they’re disproportionately affected by monkeypox. D.C. was additionally providing the vaccine to sex workers and employees at institution the place sexual exercise happens.
New York City has recorded at the very least 48 circumstances of monkeypox, whereas D.C. has recorded 16 circumstances.
Health officers stated earlier this month that the U.S. authorities has 72,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine in its stockpile.
The Jynneos vaccine is a two-dose regiment administered 4 weeks aside. An particular person is taken into account totally vaccinated after the second dose.
The U.S. has about 100 million doses of an older smallpox vaccine, ACAM2000, but it surely has probably critical unwanted side effects and CDC officials say there would be “serious discussion” earlier than it’s used.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.