Maricopa County to prioritize limited supply of monkeypox vaccine

MCDPH will prioritize vaccinating people who find themselves on the highest danger of publicity to gradual the unfold of illness, in accordance with federal necessities.

PHOENIX — Maricopa County public well being officers mentioned they now have extra monkeypox vaccines out there.

This comes after the Biden administration declared the illness outbreak a public well being emergency within the United States.

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‘Better secure than sorry’

Bennett Allen Wood mentioned it was tales from folks he follows on social media about their experiences with monkeypox that inspired him to get vaccinated.

“I kind of looked it up and saw like on the CDC website, what it said about like, prevention and how it spread and everything and like I’m friends with and a part of the LGBTQ+ community. And so just better safe than sorry,” Wood mentioned.

Wood nonetheless has the adhesive bandage on the again of his arm from the shot he bought two days in the past,  saying it was simpler than getting his COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is a two-dose collection, so Wood will get his second dose in a couple of weeks.

“It’s definitely something that people shouldn’t have to go through, and I feel bad for anyone who’s had this disease, and I hope that they have the sources and the materials to get to a vaccine shortly,” Wood mentioned.

Demand for vaccine excessive in Maricopa County

Dr. Nick Staab, a medical epidemiologist with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, mentioned the division not too long ago bought 3,500 new doses of the monkeypox vaccine.

“Our demand for vaccines for monkeypox has been very high,” Staab mentioned.

Stabb mentioned proper now, the division of well being mentioned they’re working to vaccinate those that are at larger danger for monkeypox.

On the county well being’s website, the division mentioned these at larger danger embody: homosexual or bisexual males, cis or transgender males, transgender girls, anybody who lives with an individual who has monkeypox, and well being care suppliers who’re doubtless to be uncovered to monkeypox day by day.

“Monkeypox is transmitted in a very different way than COVID-19. So monkeypox really requires close skin-to-skin contact between somebody who has the virus and has the rash and someone who does not,” Staab mentioned.

Hoping to gradual the unfold

Staab believes the vaccine will assist comprise the unfold of monkeypox.

“There’s certainly the possibility for it to spread beyond this particular group that we’re seeing the transmission currently. But we haven’t seen that yet. And so we’re watching for that closely,” Staab mentioned.

As extra of the limited supply of vaccines develop into out there, these eligible to get the vaccine will increase.

“There will be a time we hope in the future, again, based on that supply, that everyone who’s interested in being vaccinated will have access to a vaccine,” Staab mentioned.

Those concerned with getting the monkeypox vaccine can discover extra data and test their eligibility for the vaccine here.

There is a vaccine clinic arising on Monday, August 8, from 5-8 p.m. at 1645 E. Roosevelt in Phoenix. MCDPH mentioned there’s eligibility standards, nevertheless it’s a walk-in clinic whereas provides final.

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People can test their eligibility on the website and in addition discover a type to get notified about upcoming vaccine alternatives.

For further data on signs and prevention methods, go to the Maricopa County and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web sites.

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