3 mass vaccination sites open in New York to fight monkeypox outbreak

NEW YORK — Three mass vaccination sites open for appointments Sunday in New York as efforts to stop the monkeypox outbreak continue.

So far, 461 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the five boroughsaccounting for about 30% of cases nationwide, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported.

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan visits one of the new vaccination sites in Bushwick, Brooklyn, on Sunday to show how the city is fighting the spread.

Demand for the vaccine far exceeds sufficient supply in New York, the epicenter of the nation’s monkeypox outbreak. New mass vaccination sites will allow as many first doses as possible to be administered.

“More people here need it more than ever,” said Norwood resident Diego Avila.

All three sites are by appointment only. They are located as Aviation High School in Queens, Bushwick Education in Brooklyn, and Bronx High School of Science.

More than 9,000 appointments were available through the city’s online portal on Friday, but were fully booked within minutes. The Department of Health said more doses from the federal government are expected to arrive this week.

“We need resources here in the Bronx to be able to fight, attack the monkeypox before it becomes a problem, because as far as I’m concerned the rate is insane,” Norwood resident Lu Espinal said.

The Department of Health says more doses from the federal government are expected this week.

Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson is grateful for a mass vaccination site. But Gibson said the community needs a permanent sexual health clinic provide antiviral and other services.

While more than 50% of New York’s cases are currently in Manhattan, Gibson said that could change in an instant.

“Because many Bronxites live with underlying health conditions like heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, further exacerbated by a positive case of monkeypox,” Gibson said.

Approximately 4,000 additional doses will be made available through referrals by community partner organizations that serve high-risk patients.

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