New York City began offering monkeypox vaccinations to risky groups on Thursday as authorities are scrambling to contain the global outbreak.

However, the demand was so high that the city had to discontinue the carry-on schedule within hours of the start of the program, and the scheduled visit was already booked until early next week.

In contrast to the early days of COVID, there are already multiple vaccines that act against the disease-causing orthopox virus when there is no effective treatment.

Since early May, about 28 people in the city have been virus-positive, most of whom have sex with men. In total, New York City accounts for more than 20% of all diagnosed cases nationwide.

The move to provide vaccines follows similar efforts in cities such as Montreal and Toronto.

The city announced on Thursday that it would open a temporary clinic to administer a double dose of the JYNNEOS vaccine to eligible people who may have recently been exposed to monkeypox.

The vaccine will be given at the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic (303 Nine’s Avenue in Manhattan). The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.

However, as of Thursday at 2:00 pm, just three hours after opening the door, the city said no more walk-ins were accepted and all appointments were met until Monday. News 4 counted more than 100 people lined up outside the clinic at the time.

In a tweet, the Department of Health advised people to check again on Sunday for their plans for next week.

How do you catch monkeypox?

Last week, the CDC released new monkeypox guidance as the number of suspected cases nationwide surged. This represents the largest outbreak in the United States of monkeypox, which is usually confined to other continents.

The CDC states that the risk to the general public remains low, but people should avoid close contact with sick people, including skin and genital lesions, and with sick and dead animals. You will be prompted. People with unexplained skin rashes, lesions, or other symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for guidance.

We also recommend that you do not eat meat from wild hunting meat or use products from African wildlife (creams, powders, lotions, etc.).

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 and was named after an outbreak in a monkey colony that had been bred for research. (What you need to know about monkeypox.)

The first human case was reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970. The Democratic Republic of the Congo still has the majority of infections. Other African countries where it was found: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone.

Human symptoms of monkeypox are similar to those of smallpox, but mild, CDC says. It manifests as a flu-like illness with swollen lymph nodes and rashes on the face and body.

Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and malaise. Monkeypox also causes swelling of the lymph nodes, but smallpox does not. The incubation period is usually 7-14 days, but can range from 5 to 21 days.

The CDC requires US healthcare providers to pay attention to patients with a rash that is consistent with monkeypox, regardless of whether they have traveled or have a specific risk of monkeypox. See the details of this travel notice.


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