People urged to get monkeypox shots as supply opens, UCSF infectious disease doctor says

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Race Cooper was the first person to line up at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Friday morning.

His goal: to get vaccinated against monkey pox.

“I figured if I was going to attend events it would be safer for me to make sure I got that shot,” Cooper said.

But after weeks of long queues and a very limited supply of vaccines, some local doctors say they are starting to see signs of falling demand – a potentially worrying sign.

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“We’re not even close to what we expected for the numbers to be vaccinated,” said UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.

He says the Bay Area has received more vaccines in recent weeks and many counties are also trying new methods to expand the supply.

But, Chin-Hong worries, many people haven’t had their shots yet simply because they still think there isn’t enough.

“People are afraid of queuing, missing work and not getting it, based on recent experience that there weren’t enough vaccines,” he said. declared.

Although the majority of people infected in the current outbreak are men who have sex with men, the virus can infect anyone.

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Chin-Hong fears that unless the spread is brought under control, there is a risk that monkeypox will become an endemic disease among the general population.

“Time is money when you think about controlling an epidemic. That’s why I’m a little nervous,” Chin-Hong said.

That’s why he’s calling on city and state leaders to raise awareness for those most at risk, expanding accessibility to make it as easy as possible for everyone.

“It’s not really everywhere like the COVID vaccines were. They’re only in certain places,” Chin-Hong said.

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