Related: Half of gay and bi men have reduced their sexual activity because of monkeypoxOther experts are warning people to check themselves, and prospective partners, for any signs of lesions that could indicate monkeypox.However, although more vaccine shots have been delivered in NYC than anywhere else, Vasan said more work is needed.
He pointed out that the vast majority of shots were delivered in Manhattan. Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island had lower numbers.More than 29,000 white New Yorkers had received monkeypox vaccines, compared to 14,769 Hispanic New Yorkers, 7,574 Black New Yorkers and 6,472 Asian or Pacific Islanders, as of August 18.It also tended to be younger age groups getting vaccinated.“Clearly, the data shows that we are not where we want to be in terms of vaccinations in the Bronx, vaccinations amongst African Americans, vaccinations amongst older New Yorkers,” Vasan said. “So we have to double down on that.”The city announced this week the adoption of new federal advice to give people a smaller dose of vaccine.
This is in order to stretch out the supply. Scientists say a fifth of a vial of vaccine offers almost the same level of protection as a full dose.“As we continue to see a scarcity of federal supply of monkeypox vaccines, we must adapt to provide a range of options to those who are vaccine-eligible, and to do so in an equitable way,” Vasan said in a statement.New York announced the release of a further 12,000 vaccine slots yesterday.Monkeypox vaccine appointments for first doses will go live at https://t.co/8Msasit341 tomorrow, Wednesday August 24, at 6 p.m.
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