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U.S. is planning a vaccination campaign amid Monkeypox surge

States will reportedly receive a limited amount of vaccination doses from U.S. federal stockpile
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Medical clinics across the country will soon start making monkeypox vaccinations available to individuals who think they may have been exposed to the surging virus. 

Health officials confirmed the news this week, which marks a next step after the immunizations were only available to those with known exposure to monkeypox. 

According to reports, states will be receiving those limited doses called "Jynneos" on the basis of cases reported and the proportion of population(with risky health status) in the state. 

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms that these doses will be mainly offered to individuals that need it the most. 

“This vaccine currently has some limitations on supply, and for this reason the administration’s current vaccine strategy prioritizes making it available to those who need it most urgently,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.

Dr. Celine Gounder, editor at large for public health at Kaiser Health News, expressed her concern over the inability to eradicate monkeypox before it becomes too late to tame. 

“Many of us are concerned that the window is closing for us to be able to eliminate monkeypox,” said Dr. Celine Gounder, editor at large for public health at Kaiser Health News.

Dr. Gounder added that it will serve everyone better if health official start offering these vaccines sooner than later, and particularly in areas of marginalized communities, such as LGBTQ, where men could be at a higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox. 

“If we don’t start vaccinating more quickly and broadly, we’re going to have a very difficult time containing this,” she said. Ideally, tests and vaccines for monkeypox could have been offered at L.G.B.T.Q. Pride events across the country in order to reach men at high risk of contracting the virus, Dr. Gounder added.

Other health experts have also pitched the idea of offering these vaccinations in locations where clinics are frequently visited by Black men living with untreated HIV viruses.