NYC opens mass vaccination sites to fight monkeypox outbreak

New York City now has three mass vaccination sites set up to combat the growing outbreak of monkeypox in its five boroughs.

NYC Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan visited one of the sites in Bushwick, Brooklyn, on Friday to highlight how the city is tackling the spread of the virus that has infected nearly 500 people, many of them homosexuals, the demographic group that sees the highest number of infections.

The health commission tweeted about the outbreak on Friday:

As of July 15, 490 confirmed cases of orthopoxvirus/monkeypox have been identified, including 461 in New York, 16 in Westchester Cnty, 4 in Suffolk, 3 in Nassau, 1 in Sullivan, 1 in Chemung, 1 in Rockland, 1 in Erie, 1 in St. Lawrence and 1 in Monroe Cnty.

People line up to receive the Monkeypox vaccine before the opening of a new mass vaccination site at the Bushwick Education Campus in Brooklyn on July 17, 2022, in New York City. (KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

The local CBS affiliate reported on the development:

All three sites are by appointment only. They are located as Aviation High School in Queens, Bushwick Education in Brooklyn, and Bronx High School of Science.

More than 9,000 appointments were available through the city’s online portal on Friday, but were fully booked within minutes. The Department of Health said more doses from the federal government are expected to arrive this week.

Approximately 4,000 additional doses will be made available through referrals by community partner organizations that serve high-risk patients.

“We need resources here in the Bronx to be able to fight, attack monkeypox before it becomes a problem, because as far as I’m concerned the rate is insane,” Norwood resident Lu Espinal said. , in the CBS report.

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