Monkeypox SF cases rise to 141, vaccine waits reach 9 hours

A monkeypox vaccination clinic at San Francisco General Hospital opened Wednesday morning and turned away many people, ABC7 reported.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health requested 35,000 vaccines but only received 3,580 in an initial shipment and another 4,163 this week – ‘which will be used within days,’ Mayor London said Breed in a statement. letter she wrote to federal health officials and posted to Twitter on Wednesday morning.

Monkeypox cases are rising in San Francisco, prompting state and local leaders to ask federal health officials for more vaccines to meet growing demand from residents who want vaccines but are being turned down at clinics.

The number of monkeypox cases in the city has risen to 141 from 86 cases just days ago. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 2,322 cases of the painful, but rarely fatal, viral illness that causes a rash, among other things. California has reported 356 cases since July 19, including more than a third in San Francisco. In total, California has the second-highest number of known cases of any state, after New York, the CDC said.

Breed wrote in his letter that this is “a critical point in the spread of this virus, and we need to take more urgent action.”

The Public Health Department is allocating doses of Jynneos, the only vaccine specifically approved to prevent monkeypox, to clinics across the city, including Kaiser Permanente (find a full list of locations and schedule an appointment at San Francisco, visit the department’s website). The department reserves the vaccine for gay and bisexual men, as well as sex workers and people exposed to monkeypox.

Anyone can contract monkeypox through close physical contact with an infected person, but the current epidemic in North America and Europe disproportionately affects men who have sex with men. While public health officials and doctors are keen to avoid stigmatizing the virus, some experts worry that avoiding the topic could prevent valuable information from reaching those most likely to be affected. Science journalist Benjamin Ryan, for example, wrote in a July 18 Washington Post op-ed that public health officials are doing a disservice by not conveying “the seriousness of this emerging crisis to gay and bisexual men.”

State Senator Scott Wiener, along with 10 other lawmakers, defended the gay community in a letter Wednesday addressed to Governor Gavin Newsom.

“Gay and bisexual men, transgender people and other people at risk desperately want the vaccine to protect themselves and those around them,” Wiener wrote. “Yet, instead of quickly mobilizing in a mass vaccination campaign with this existing safe and effective vaccine, many of our counties lack the equipment to vaccinate everyone who seeks the vaccine. In San Francisco, for example, people have been lining up for 9 hours hoping to get a rare vaccine.

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