SF monkeypox cases rise to 141, vaccine waits hit 9 hours

SF monkeypox circumstances rise to 141, vaccine waits hit 9 hours

SF monkeypox circumstances rise to 141, vaccine waits hit 9 hours

A monkeypox vaccine clinic at San Francisco Normal Hospital opened to lengthy traces Wednesday morning and turned away many individuals, ABC7 reported.

The San Francisco Division of Public Well being has requested 35,000 vaccines however solely acquired 3,580 in an preliminary cargo and one other 4,163 this week — “which might be used inside days,” Mayor London Breed stated in a letter she wrote to federal well being officers and posted on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

Monkeypox circumstances are climbing in San Francisco, prompting state and native leaders to ask federal well being officers for extra vaccines to fulfill the rising demand from residents who need pictures however are being turned away at clinics. 

The variety of monkeypox circumstances within the metropolis has risen to 141, up from 86 circumstances only a few days in the past. The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has reported 2,322 circumstances of the painful, however hardly ever deadly, viral illness, which most notably causes a rash. California has reported 356 circumstances since July 19, greater than a 3rd in San Francisco. In complete, California has the second highest variety of identified circumstances in any state, after New York, the CDC stated.

Breed wrote in her letter that this “is a crucial level within the unfold of this virus, and we have to take extra pressing motion.”

The general public well being division is allocating doses of Jynneos, the one vaccine particularly accepted to stop monkeypox, at clinics all through the town, together with at Kaiser Permanente (to discover a full record of areas and make an appointment in San Francisco, go to the division web site). The division is reserving the vaccine for homosexual and bisexual males, in addition to intercourse staff and other people with identified exposures to monkeypox.

Anybody can get monkeypox by way of shut bodily contact with an contaminated particular person, however the present outbreak in North America and Europe is disproportionately impacting males who’ve intercourse with different males. Whereas public well being officers and medical doctors are wanting to keep away from stigmatizing the virus, there’s some concern amongst consultants that avoiding the topic might stop helpful info from reaching the folks more than likely to be affected. Science reporter Benjamin Ryan, as an illustration, wrote in a Washington Submit op-ed on July 18 that public well being officers are doing a disservice by not conveying “the seriousness of this burgeoning disaster to homosexual and bisexual males.” 

State Sen. Scott Wiener, together with 10 different lawmakers, advocated for the homosexual group in a letter on Wednesday addressed to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“Homosexual and bisexual males, transgender folks and others in danger desperately need the vaccine with the intention to shield themselves and people round them,” Wiener wrote. “But as a substitute of shortly mobilizing right into a mass vaccination marketing campaign with this present protected and efficient vaccine, a lot of our counties lack the provision to vaccinate everybody searching for the vaccine. In San Francisco, for instance, folks have been ready in traces for so long as 9 hours within the hope of getting a scarce vaccine.”


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