NYC’s monkeypox vaccine reservation system collapses amid rising demand as 15,000 try to get shot
Growing demand for the monkeypox vaccine has crashed the appointment system in New York.
City health officials have acknowledged frustration with the limited supply of vaccines and have pledged to build a “stable appointment infrastructure” as supply grows.
Infections are now over 1,000 since the growing outbreak in the United States. Most patients experience only fever, body aches, chills, and fatigue.
Monkeypox vaccines offered to men who have sex with men who have multiple sex partners in a week
They are also available to all close contacts of suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox
People with more severe illness may develop a rash and sores on the face and hands that may spread to other parts of the body.
Vaccine shortages have added to anxiety around the virus. Health officials say anyone can get monkeypox, but most cases in the United States are in men who have sex with men.
In San Francisco, where there have been only 68 confirmed cases, residents lined up to get their shots.
San Francisco residents lined up for blocks to get their jabs. The city has only seen 68 confirmed cases
Only 50 of 2,308 doses remain, and city officials fear the outbreak could get worse if the federal government doesn’t provide more. Pictured: San Francisco on Tuesday
The Golden Gate City Health Department received 2,308 doses from the federal government last week and only 50 remain at the monkeypox clinic at Zukerberg General Hospital in San Francisco, according to their Twitter post.
They don’t have an appointment website in place, accepting residents on a first-come, first-served basis.
Four men line up for the vaccine at Wilton Manors in Florida as the vaccine was rolled out in the Sunshine State
They will be forced to turn people away if more do not arrive soon, city officials warned Tuesday.
So far, health officials have recorded that 1,700 doses of the vaccine have been administered.
“It is extremely infuriating that our federal government has once again failed in its response, especially after a two-year public health crisis,” said Ande Stone, senior community officer at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Scientists warn that anyone in close physical contact with someone with monkeypox or with their clothing or bedding is at risk of infection, regardless of sexual orientation.
“After COVID, it should have been easy,” said Daniel Ross, 25, a Harlem man who was one of many who sought to book a date on Tuesday.
“I kept refreshing and refreshing myself. …I was frustrated.
Ross quickly abandoned the dating portal, which was shut down minutes after it went live.
New York is the first metropolis to record more than 100 virus cases in America
“It’s going to haunt me,” he said. “Me being a gay man living in Harlem, there’s a lot of anxiety. I’ve had four mosquito bites, and I was wondering what if it wasn’t a mosquito bite?”
The city contracted with Affiliated Physicians to run its online appointment service after its former contractor MedRite also suffered site outages, according to WNYC/Gothamist.
Federal and local health officials have been caught off guard by the growing outbreak of monkeypox
“This is further evidence that demand is very high,” city health commissioner Ashwin Vasan said in a statement. “We apologize for the frustration caused and are working to establish a stable appointment infrastructure as we roll out more appointments as vaccine supplies increase in the coming weeks.”
New York City has administered nearly 7,000 vaccines to date, while thousands more await their chance to be vaccinated against the virus.
Health officials said they expect 14,500 doses this week.
New York comedian Jay Jurden, pictured, said he was particularly concerned that the city couldn’t even make the online dating process work.
As of Wednesday, 336 people in New York had tested positive for orthopoxvirus, a category of disease that includes smallpox.
That’s a quarter more than the day before, according to city data.
Officials said they were fairly certain that all of the new cases were likely monkeypox and that many other cases remain undiagnosed.
Learning from its experience with rolling out COVID vaccines, Washington, DC is allowing residents to pre-register for vaccination appointments.
As many as 3,000 slots were expected to open on Thursday, officials said.
As news of the outbreak spread, Jeff Waters asked his doctor to get vaccinated before the Baltimore man left for a trip to Europe, where cases spiked. “They said, ‘Sorry, we just don’t have them here,'” Waters recalled.
A few weeks later, the first signs of monkeypox struck him while having dinner with a friend. He developed terrible headaches, a fever of 102 degrees (38.9 degrees Celsius) and intense chills.
‘I feel grateful. I had a mild case,’ Waters said.
New York City is prioritizing the vaccine for men who have had anonymous sex with other men or had multiple partners in the past two weeks.
Symptoms include rashes or sores that look like pimples or blisters. They can sometimes be painful but usually not fatal.
Most people do not require hospitalization and recover in two to four weeks.
Infections spread through direct contact with rashes, scabs or bodily fluids, according to the CDC. It can be spread through kissing, sex, and bodily contact. In some cases, prolonged face-to-face exposure, as well as unwashed laundry contaminated with the virus, could lead to infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said commercial labs have developed ways to test for the virus.
The CDC said the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis will begin accepting samples from across the United States this week to build the nation’s testing capacity.
“This will not only increase testing capacity, but also make it more convenient for providers and patients to access testing using existing provider-laboratory networks,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. communicated earlier this week.
The prevalence of gay men among those infected with the virus has raised new concerns about the stigmatization of LGBTQ populations.
Jay Jurden, a comedian from New York, has expressed concern about his inability to get a vaccine, especially given the ramifications in a city with tens of thousands of gay people.
“If they say there’s a vaccine available, people should be able to get it — or at least the website should be working,” Jurden said. “I’m not even saying everyone should be able to pick it up tomorrow, just that the website should be working.”