On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Mondaine Jones (D-N.Y.) announced on his Twitter that he received his second dose of the monkeypox (MPV) vaccine.In the tweet and accompanying video, Jones discussed how the virus impacts LGBTQ+ folks and communities of color particularly hard.
He also said he received his second dose of the vaccine from the Westchester Medical Center’s drive-through clinic in Valhalla and noted the importance of getting vaccinated to help stop the spread.
Jones is currently in his first term representing New York’s 17th District. When he was elected in 2020 and sworn in at the beginning of 2021, he became one of the first two openly gay Black members of Congress alongside Rep.
Ritchie Torres. Sadly, Jones lost his primary this year when redistricting changed the make-up of his district.While growing up in Section 8 housing and being raised by a single mother, Jones kept his sexuality quiet as he grew his political resume.