Monroe County

Monroe County is awaiting more monkeypox vaccines from state

The Monroe County Health Department hosted its first monkeypox vaccine clinic on July 25 to distribute the first shipment of 600 doses. Mendoza said he hasn’t yet seen a written plan to provide the county with more vaccines.

Immunization from monkeypox requires two doses. Mendoza said he is committed to ensuring people get both their doses within the recommended time.

There is no evidence of community spread of monkeypox in Monroe County but the department of health is still closely tracking cases. Mendoza said that monkeypox cases could increase as students travel to the region once colleges are back in session.

Monkeypox cases have risen across New York State and many regions have reported vaccine shortages. The U.S. declared a public health emergency to bolster the federal response to the outbreak of monkeypox

The monkeypox virus spreads through prolonged and close skin-to-skin contact, including hugging, kissing, sharing bedding, and clothing. People of any sexual orientation can become infected with monkeypox but sexually active gay men are at the highest risk.

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