SF could face another public health crisis, lawmaker warns

SF may face one other public well being disaster, lawmaker warns

SF may face one other public well being disaster, lawmaker warns

A Bay Space lawmaker is warning that San Francisco is “veering towards a public well being mess” over monkeypox, citing a Wednesday announcement from the San Francisco Division of Public Well being that stated the company is operating low on monkeypox vaccines and can shutter its clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco Normal Hospital till extra provide arrives. 

State Rep. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) stated the timing of the vaccine scarcity is particularly troubling given the illness’s rising prevalence within the space. 

“This exhaustion of present vaccine provide is occurring precisely as San Francisco and different communities proceed to see a rise in monkeypox infections and exposures,” he stated in a statement. “Extra vaccine doses can be despatched to San Francisco shortly, however the quantity will nonetheless be fairly restricted.”

A information launch from the San Francisco Division of Public Well being stated the vaccine clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco Normal Hospital has 50 remaining doses it’s going to administer Wednesday on a primary come, first served foundation. Afterward, it’s going to shut till the following batch of doses arrive. The discharge stated different group clinics — such because the San Francisco Metropolis Clinic and the Grownup Immunization and Journey Clinic — will proceed to manage remaining doses but additionally anticipate to expire of provide someday this week. 

A Tuesday report from KTVU stated the road outdoors of Zuckerberg San Francisco Normal Hospital stretched down the block as dozens of residents waited to obtain a vaccine earlier than provides run out. Some interviewed by KTVU stated they’d waited so long as two hours to be inoculated. 

California has the second-highest variety of confirmed monkeypox instances within the nation, in accordance with knowledge from the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. A CDC map reveals that California has 150 confirmed instances — simply behind New York, with 158 — however would not specify the place in-state outbreaks are most prevalent. Nonetheless, the San Francisco Division of Public Well being stated the group has seen 68 confirmed instances to this point.   


In his assertion, Wiener stated the federal authorities is responsible for the vaccine scarcity. He stated public well being consultants warned again in 2010 that monkeypox would inevitably unfold past West Africa — the place the illness is most typical — and stated the Meals and Drug Administration accepted a vaccine to be used in 2019. 

“But, america authorities ordered a mere 56,000 vaccine doses (sufficient for 28,000 folks) for the nationwide vaccine stockpile and didn’t order the tens of millions of doses that ought to have been ordered in preparation for an inevitable outbreak,” he stated. 

The San Francisco Division of Public Well being launch stated officers “urgently” ordered 35,000 new doses this week however did not specify when it expects to obtain everything, or a portion, of that order.

Monkeypox is a uncommon however probably severe illness that is sometimes characterised by a brand new, unexplained rash and pores and skin lesions. Different early signs embrace fever, chills and swollen lymph nodes. The CDC says the illness is never deadly, however warns that youngsters beneath 8, folks with weakened immune programs and folks with a historical past of eczema are particularly prone to changing into significantly sick.  

“We want an unlimited quantity of further vaccine doses, and we want them instantly,” Wiener stated in his assertion. “The federal authorities’s failures are threatening to deeply hurt our group. As soon as we transfer previous this emergency, we want accountability for these failures — failures that put folks’s lives and well being in jeopardy.” 

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