CDC Says More Monkeypox Vaccine Coming Next Week to San Francisco, Other Cities With Growing Cases

With demand for monkeypox vaccines soaring in the Bay Area and elsewhere and existing supplies depleted, the Centers for Disease Control assures us that more vaccines are coming, possibly by next week.

We are just weeks away from a monkeypox outbreak in California and elsewhere in the US, about a month after similar outbreaks, mainly among gay and bisexual men, were observed in Europe. And last week’s news stories in New York and San Francisco were filled with stories of people waiting in hour-long lines for limited supplies of the Jynneos vaccine.

But more shipments are coming, and the Danish maker of the Jynneos vaccine is producing more doses to order for the U.S. that may ship as early as Monday, the CDC says.

in the a call with reporters todaysaid CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said there are now 1,470 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States

“We know this is frustrating,” Walensky said, in reference to the lack of vaccines to meet current needs — and the fact that in some places vaccines are only offered as post-exposure prophylaxis for those who may have been recently exposed, rather than as pre-exposure prophylaxis to contain the outbreak.

Up to this point, many in the LGBTQ community have compared the federal government’s slow response to the early AIDS crisis, noting that the response would have been much quicker and more aggressive had the general population been at risk.

As Demand for the Jynneos vaccine was booming last week in San Francisco, following Announcements from organizers of two Pride parties that probably infected people had attended both parties, the supplies were particularly scarce at first. The city received 2,300 doses this week and they were quickly running out with the clinic at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital Wednesday closed when he ran out of cans.

The SF AIDS Foundation has also hosted monkeypox testing and vaccination clinics and You currently have a waiting list for vaccine doses.

Gay bathhouse chain Steamworks, with locations in Berkeley and Chicago, received a few hundred cans at their locations, which were available to both customers and the public – although there were reports of waits of six hours or more for those shots in Berkeley.

The CDC said the federal government has already distributed 156,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine and 131,000 more doses will arrive from Denmark in the coming weeks. The US also now has the capacity to test 70,000 people a week.

The CDC also said cities with the most cases will be given priority in distributing the new doses, which should put San Francisco high on the list.

California now has 250 confirmed cases, second in number to New York. The SF Department of Health said the city had 68 confirmed and probable cases of monkeypox as of Wednesday, up from 40 last week.

The health department said in an announcement this week that it had requested 35,000 doses of the vaccine from federal agencies “as a starting point to move toward our goal of vaccinating every person who might benefit from a vaccine.”

Monkeypox is most commonly transmitted through close skin-to-skin contact, which includes sexual contact, but it can also be transmitted from shared bed sheets and more casual contact, experts say.

“SFDPH will continue to update the public on vaccine stocks and other resources such as testing and treatment that are essential to containing the spread of this disease and keeping people safe,” the department said this week.

Follow SFDPH on Twitter for the latest.

So far: Monkeypox vaccine in short supply in SF as hundreds of potentially exposed Pride party-goers scream for gunshots

Photo: Mufid Majnun

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