Harris County Public Health, Houston Health Dept. host Q&A event to discuss illness, vaccine

HOUSTON – The City of Houston Health Department and Harris County Public Health held a joint press convention Thursday and introduced there will likely be no new appointments for vaccines.

Both well being departments are actually administering the monkeypox vaccine since receiving a cargo from the Texas Department of State Health Services, however the provide of the monkeypox vaccine is proscribed.

DSHS despatched 5,000 vaccines the Houston space, and because it’s a two-dose vaccine, solely half that quantity of individuals will really get one.

The CDC stated these eligible embrace: Someone involved with those that have monkeypox and other people with a number of sexual companions previously two weeks.

City of Houston Dr. Janeana White stated within the present scenario, they may want extra vaccines from the state as quickly as doable.

“Individuals who are going through our epi-surveillance and contact tracing; vaccine is available and allocated for individuals who are potentially close contacts,” Dr. White stated. “Then there’s additional consideration for individuals who are making appointments and so right now we will no longer accept appointments. We have appointments out for about another week but … we have quickly communicated to both state and federal partners that we need a vaccine allocation to our jurisdiction with expediency.”


More vaccines received’t come from the state well being division for at the least one other month, in accordance to the Department of State Health Services.

Although the World Health Organization just lately declared monkeypox to be a world public well being emergency, the danger degree stays low within the United States, in accordance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, circumstances proceed to climb throughout the nation.

As of July 27, the CDC reported 4,639 confirmed circumstances in 46 states. In Texas, the case depend elevated to 228 males and three girls. Harris County accounted for 71 whole circumstances: 58 within the metropolis of Houston and 13 within the unincorporated space of the county, in accordance to a launch.

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