DC, NYC out of MonkeyPox vaccines

Despite increasing numbers, World Health Organization has declined to declare unprecedented monkeypox outbreak public health emergency

Updated: June 28, 2022 - 2:17pm

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New York City and Washington, D.C. ran out of monkeypox vaccines on the first day immunization efforts began. 

New York last week became the first major U.S. city to offer the vaccine vaccines, as the number of reported cases continue to increase across the country and around the globe. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports over 200 confirmed monkeypox cases in the U.S. and about 4,300 worldwide. 

Despite concerns about the virus spearing, the World Health Organization this past weekend declined to declare the unprecedented monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency.

Two-dose Jynneos smallpox vaccine are being given to gay men or men who have had multiple sex partners in the past 14 days. The virus appears to be spreading most within those two groups. 

D.C. followed New York's strategy and opened up vaccines to gay, bisexual, transgender women, gender-nonconforming people and sex workers.

On Monday, D.C. announced that appointments began at 1 p.m. ET, but spots ran out within hours, due to a limited supply of vaccines given out by the federal government. 

“When additional doses become available, the vaccination scheduling portal will reopen. Stay tuned to D.C. Health’s social platforms for updates.” D.C. Health Officials tweeted on Monday. 

There are a total of 72,000 doses of Jynneos in the Strategic National Stockpile and more than 100 million doses of ACAM2000 - an older vaccine- ready to be used. However, there are concerns that the older vaccine may have side effects.