New York City opened three monkey vaccination centers on Friday with each capable of delivering 1,400 doses a day — but appointments at each site ran out within an hour, signaling high demand for the jabs.
Vaccination centers are located in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens and began giving doses this Sunday. They will also release them for the next two Sundays.
The Big Apple runs the largest gay or bisexual vaccination operation in the country, with Washington DC alone targeting the group.
Those who arrived at the Brooklyn facility yesterday said they were just ‘lucky’, adding they knew many others waiting for doses.
There is great concern that the virus could spread to other groups – including children, adults and pregnant women – who are more vulnerable to the disease. It does not require sex to be infected, and it can be spread through physical contact such as touching others or hugging.
Cases in the U.S. are starting to rise as well, reaching 2,891 at the end of the week as officials fear the case count represents only a fraction of the true number of Americans who have been infected so far.
NYC has opened three mass vaccination centers in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens with each capable of delivering 1,400 doses per day. The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, is pictured at a mass vaccination center in Brooklyn
Each facility can provide between 75 and 85 doses at once, a spokeswoman for the New York Department of Health said.
Pictured above is the vaccination table in the vaccination centre, housed in the former broadcast hall
The nominations ended within an hour of airing on Friday, several publications reported. There are growing calls for New York to get more doses
This Friday, the city’s Health Department announced that it is opening appointments for another 17,000 doses of the vaccine.
Nominations opened at 6pm, but an hour and a half later health officials sent an email saying they were all booked. Several papers reported that they were full within an hour.
Chelsea resident Ondrea Didier was one person who ‘got lucky’ after getting a dose at a mass vaccination center in Flatbush.
They told CBS New York: ‘There’s going to be one appointment in the Bronx or something, and then it’s gone. There used to be one in Staten Island, which is gone.
‘I don’t know how I got this nomination. I just got lucky.’
Vincent Vega, a Harlem resident who also received a dose at the centre, said: ‘I didn’t care where it was.
‘I know that, obviously this is a serious matter and a lot of people didn’t take Covid very seriously, especially people around me.
‘They’re like, “oh, it won’t be that bad”, and two years later we wish we’d been more careful.’
Most vaccination sites can deliver between 75 and 85 doses at a time, a health department spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
It echoes the Covid vaccine movement, when mass centers were giving out thousands of doses a day in an attempt to protect everyone from the virus.
Announcing the opening of the centers on Friday, NYC health commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan said: ‘The Department of Health is continuing to rapidly distribute as many doses of vaccine as we can in the most equitable way possible.
‘Because of the increase in cases, it is clear that there is a great need for more vaccines in New York City, and we are working with our federal partners to get more doses.’
Pictured above are men queuing to get a dose of monkeypox vaccine in Brooklyn yesterday
Men wait in line to receive a dose of monkeypox vaccine in Brooklyn
New York received another 26,000 doses last week, and another 9,000 were restricted from giving to people who are close contacts of known cases.
Its delivery has been repeatedly criticized for failing to deliver sufficient doses, and problems with its vaccine storage system.
Last month the Department of Health told residents not to try to dose until the afternoon when spaces become available.
But a ‘technical error’ saw some residents given early access to slots, meaning they had booked before going online.
Concerns have also been raised by the city’s decision to delay the second dose, in order to provide basic vaccinations.
Officials at the Food and Drug Administration have warned against the move, saying it has not yet been properly tested.
It comes amid growing concern that the virus will spill over into other vulnerable groups.
On Friday it was revealed that two children were tested positive for monkeys.
Although health officials said they were all ‘doing well’, doctors say children under the age of eight are generally more vulnerable to the virus.
US records first two cases of monkeypox: A California toddler and an infant in DC were infected by ‘household contact’ and both came into contact with gay or bisexual men, CDC chief says.
By: Luke Andrews DailyMail.com Health Reporter
Two children have been diagnosed with monkeypox in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Friday.
One is a baby from California; the other is a young child who is not a resident of the United States and was ‘passing’ through Washington DC. They had no contact with each other.
Health officials said both children were ‘doing well’, but warned children under the age of eight were at high risk from the deadly monkey.
It is thought that both children may have contracted the virus from ‘household contact’.
Dr Rochelle Walensky said all the children had contact with gay or bisexual men – the community where most cases are being detected in the current outbreak.
It was not clear when they contracted the virus, or what symptoms they developed.
They receive the antiviral drug TPOXX, which can help stop the infection in its tracks by interfering with the maturation of the virus.
They are the first cases among children to be diagnosed in America. There are currently more than 2,500 monkeypox cases in the United States – the second largest outbreak in the world behind only Spain with 3,000.
A chronology of monkeys in the United States
1958: Monkeys are discovered when an outbreak of a smallpox-like disease occurs in monkeys kept for research.
1970: The first human case of the disease has been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was later discovered in a number of other central and western African countries.
2003: The ancient monkey epidemic in the United States is happening. A total of 47 people have been infected after coming into contact with wild animal dogs that picked up the disease on the farm.
July, 2021: A case of a monkey discovered in the United States by a citizen who had recently returned from Nigeria.
November, 2021: A monkey has been discovered in another US resident who recently returned from Nigeria.
May, 2022: A man in Massachusetts was diagnosed with a monkey, becoming the first case in the current outbreak. There are now more than 2,000 cases nationwide.
A boy under the age of 10 tested positive for the virus in the Netherlands in June, it was revealed this week. The Dutch toddler developed more than 20 red sores on her face, thighs and thighs but had no fever or swollen lymph nodes – with the infection clearing up within a week.
Revealing the infection at a regular Washington Post event, Walensky said: “We have seen two cases that have occurred in children.
“All of these are traced back to individuals who come from the male-to-male community, the gay male community.”
He added that these cases have been ‘closer to the most vulnerable community’.
In a press release, the agency said: ‘CDC and public health authorities are still investigating how the children became infected.
‘While both children have monkey symptoms, they are in good health.’
They added: ‘Monkeys are spread through close skin-to-skin contact, which – in children – can include hugging, petting, feeding, and also through shared objects such as towels, bedding, cups and utensils.’
Last week the CDC said it was only aware of monkey infections among adults, mostly gay or bisexual men.
Until now, HIV infection has been almost exclusively among gay or bisexual men.
But a high-level expert warned last week that the virus had spread to other groups, but that this had yet to be detected due to a lack of testing.
The World Health Organization warns that children – as well as the elderly and pregnant women – are more at risk from monkeys.
Scientific studies show that between three and ten percent of children infected with monkeypox die from the disease, depending on the type they contract.
In the Dutch case, doctors said they counted 20 sores on the child’s face, ear, thighs, thighs and back – but he didn’t have a fever or swollen lymph nodes.
Within a week the virus in his body had dropped to undetectable levels, they added.
It was not clear how he became infected, although doctors said he may have come into contact with an infected person or an infected object that is ‘unrecognised’.
The virus is spread by close contact or towels or sheets that have also been used by the patient. In rare cases, it can also be transmitted through the air.
The CDC has been repeatedly criticized for its response to the virus, and attempts were initially slow to get off the ground to cover up the spread of the virus.
There have also been problems in delivering the vaccine, with New York City – at the center of the controversy – having to delay a second dose of patients because too few jabs have been given.
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