NEW YORK — The variety of instances of monkeypox in New York is on the rise once more.
Based on state well being officers, there have been 238 confirmed instances, together with 223 in New York City.
The rise in instances comes as Mayor Eric Adams has despatched a letter to the president, pleading for extra doses of the vaccine.
However as CBS2’s Nick Caloway reported Monday, there’s some excellent news.
“I am out of the blue involved about monkeypox,” Chelsea resident Michael Carroll stated.
Carroll stopped by the Chelsea Sexual Well being Clinic in Manhattan within the hope of getting vaccinated in opposition to monkeypox. He stated the rising variety of instances has been regarding.
“And I’ve a lot of associates I hang around with and so they’re like, they know someone with it. It is the everyday outdated pandemic story. They know someone with it. It is actual,” Carroll stated.
However like many, Carroll was turned away with no shot within the arm. He stated he was informed there’s not sufficient doses, and that new appointments can be out there on-line Tuesday at 1 p.m. Some may be booked by way of a scheduling hyperlink on the Division of Well being and Psychological Hygiene’s web site, here.
Extra doses of the vaccine are on the best way. The feds are sending 14,500 pictures to New York Metropolis later this week.
However throughout a digital city corridor hosted by metropolis and state well being commissioners, officers stated we’d like much more.
“There has not been sufficient vaccine. It is clear that extra vaccine is required,” state well being Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett stated.
Adams echoed that in a letter despatched to President Joe Biden on Monday. The mayor referred to as New York Metropolis the “epicenter of this outbreak,” accounting for 20 p.c of the present U.S. instances, whereas solely receiving 10 p.c of vaccine allocation.
Adams requested that the president “ship New York Metropolis as a lot vaccine as attainable, as rapidly as attainable.”
Monkeypox is a viral an infection that normally would not trigger severe sickness. Well being officers say present instances are primarily spreading amongst social networks of homosexual, bisexual and different males who’ve intercourse with males.
Nonetheless, docs warn in opposition to stigmatizing sure teams and say others are in danger, too.
“There’s nothing stopping this virus from infecting somebody of any identification,” New York Metropolis Well being Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan stated.
Well being officers stated there’s additionally a scarcity of widespread testing for monkeypox proper now and referred to as for the feds to assist.
Town Division of Well being additionally launched a textual content alert system for details about vaccine appointments and extra. Please textual content “monkeypox” to 692-692 to obtain these updates.