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All New Yorkers Should Learn About Monkeypox to Protect Themselves and Prevent Spread

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ALBANY, N.Y. (July 12, 2022) – The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) today announced distribution plans for the latest CDC allocation of an additional 5,398 JYNNEOS vaccine doses in its strategic response to the current monkey pox outbreak. These doses will allow counties to complete the second dose for first-phase participants, as well as offer vaccines to more qualified New Yorkers.

New York City also has its own allocation of 14,500 doses from the CDC to complete courses for first recipients and provide vaccines to more members of the population. On the same subject : Can food taxes and subsidies help improve health outcomes? Today. Vaccine supply is still limited, and the department again urges New Yorkers to stay informed about monkey pox and the protective public health measures everyone should take to prevent transmission.

“As we said earlier, we will continue to request and receive additional doses of vaccine from the federal government and will distribute them to the counties with confirmed cases of orthopedic virus / monkey pox,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “This will enable counties to complete the two-dose regiment required for increased immunity and also reach out to more vulnerable individuals.”

Due to the still limited supply of the JYNNEOS vaccine, the qualification requirements have not yet been extended beyond Phase 1. Based on CDC guidance, nationwide qualification includes the following New Yorkers:

Of the 5,398 new doses allocated to New York State by the federal government and distributed to counties, 1,750 will be distributed to Suffolk County, 1,490 to Westchester County, 1,240 to Nassau County and 620 to Saratoga County. These represent the second dose from phase 1 and additional vaccines to reach more individuals. Rockland and Sullivan counties, which received 40 doses each in the initial allocations, received the 40 doses needed to complete these courses, but no additional doses in this phase 2, as no further cases have been reported in these counties. An additional 218 doses from the Phase 2 CDC distribution will be allocated by the department as future vaccine needs arise in other counties.

New Yorkers with known exposure to a suspected or confirmed case of monkey pox within the last 14 days should work with a county health professional or local health department to determine if they are eligible for the JYNNEOS vaccine.

In addition to a vaccine distribution strategy, NYSDOH has launched a comprehensive public awareness campaign to get information about monkey pox directly to New Yorkers. This includes paid, digital advertising to reach men who have sex with men and the creation of a dedicated website with the latest information on monkey cups. The site has free, downloadable material, including a palm card, information card, handouts and posters available in both English and Spanish. NYSDOH has already distributed these resources to LGBTQ + organizations, local health departments in the county, health professionals and businesses. The posters will be on display in town halls across the country, including health centers, public transport hubs, parks, picnic areas, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. Although the current strain of monkey pox circulating in the United States is rarely fatal, the symptoms can be extremely painful and people may have permanent scarring as a result of the rash. At this time, there have been no deaths related to the current outbreak.

Everyone can get monkey cups, which are primarily spread through close, physical contact between humans. Based on the current outbreak, certain populations are affected more than others, including men who have sex with men. Information from previous outbreaks around the world indicates that elderly New Yorkers, those with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and children under the age of 8 may have an increased risk of serious outcomes. As of July 11, 2022, a total of 238 confirmed cases of orthopedic virus / monkey pox – a term established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – have been identified with 223 in New York City, 7 in Westchester County, 1 in Sullivan County, 1 in Chemung County, 1 in Rockland County, 4 in Suffolk County and 1 in Nassau County.

All New Yorkers can protect themselves and prevent the spread of monkey pox in their communities:

Learn more about monkeypox at

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