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Monkeypox in Houston: More than 16,000 vaccines to arrive Friday

In addition to the extra than 16,000 monkeypox vaccines coming to Houston, one other 41,840 might be delivered to the state of Texas as a complete.

HOUSTON — More than 16,000 monkeypox vaccines are anticipated to be delivered to Houston Friday, in accordance to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This comes after the nation promised to ramp up its response and supply extra vaccines to each state in the U.S.

“Our goal is to stay ahead of this virus and end this outbreak. We have a strategy to deploy these additional vaccine doses in a way that protects those at risk and limits the spread of the virus, while also working with states to ensure equitable and fair distribution,” stated HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “These vaccines are the result of years of federal investment and planning.”

In addition to the extra than 16,000 monkeypox vaccines coming to Houston, one other 41,840 might be delivered to the state of Texas as a complete. It’s unknown which cities are getting these vaccines. 

RELATED: Houston Health Department pausing monkeypox vaccine appointments due to restricted provide

On Thursday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo despatched a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asking for added vaccines. 

“We’re eager to vaccine at-risk populations before the virus spreads exponentially, rather than wait for exponential growth and then catch up like other jurisdictions have had to do,” Hidalgo tweeted together with the letter despatched to the CDC.

The Houston Health Department has put a pause on appointments for monkeypox vaccines due to the restricted provide. There are nonetheless appointments out there with Harris County Public Health.

RELATED: Here’s what you want to find out about monkeypox

Right now, vaccines can be found to two completely different teams:

  • Group 1 — People who’ve had contact with somebody with monkeypox and those that went to a venue the place there was a high-risk publicity to the virus, whether or not skin-to-skin or sexual contact.
  • Group 2 — Those at excessive danger of getting the virus, together with these identified with gonorrhea and early syphilis in the final three months. It additionally contains individuals who have attended or labored at a industrial intercourse venue in the final 21 days. This group additionally contains these on the HIV prevention treatment, referred to as PrEP.

HCPH has a hotline for monkeypox steerage. Residents who’ve questions concerning testing, vaccinations and extra on monkeypox are inspired to name 832-927-0707.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there have been 67 confirmed instances of monkeypox throughout the Houston space as of July 28. There have been 231 instances throughout Texas. 

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