San Francisco to Get 10,000 More Monkeypox Vaccine Doses; Available Doses at SF General Likely Out By End of Week

You can still get a monkeypox vaccine this week if you want or need one, either through a clinic appointment or at the drop-in clinic at SF General, but doses from the last federal allocation will likely run out again before the end of the week . A new allotment is also on the way soon.

After a weekend that saw some hard partying and Dore Alley Fair frolic, there it was again a huge snake outside Zuckerberg SF General Hospital on Monday morning for available monkeypox vaccines on a drop-in basis. The drop-in clinic may have one of the larger doses fed by FBI agents, but it’s not the only way to get a vaccine — the SF AIDS Foundation’s Strut Clinic in Castro has done vaccines by appointment, as has SF City Clinic, and both Kaiser members and non-members can call the Kaiser Vaccine Clinic to schedule an appointment. UCSF patients can also get vaccines through this healthcare system – Here you will find all the necessary numbers.

On Tuesday, the SF Department of Health announced that the city will receive 10,700 doses of the Jynneos vaccine in its next allotment on a date not yet set. In a tweet, the department thanked Gov. Gavin Newsom “for declaring a state of emergency and everyone who stood up for SF.”

“This is more than double what we received in previous allotments,” the department tweeted. “There is no date yet for the arrival of this allocation. We will inform the community as soon as it is available.”

The city last allocation, which arrived this week, was 4,200 cans. The SF General Clinic administered 950 of these on Monday and another 650 on Tuesday before the clinic closed at noon. “All walk-ins have received a vaccination,” DPH said, adding that the clinic would reopen at 8am on Wednesday

A tweet from the SF Sheriff’s Office, which provides security at SF General, suggested that around 2,000 doses were available at that clinic this week. Doing the math means there are about 400 left for Wednesday and the clinic can then close again on Thursday when everyone is exhausted as DPH awaits the next, much larger allocation.

Just four weeks ago, vaccines were in short supply in San Francisco, New York and elsewhere, just as LGBTQ communities in those two cities were wrapping up Pride celebrations. Experts warned that we were likely to see similar outbreak patterns here as we saw in Europe a month earlier, and that’s what happened.

In early July, there were just 40 cases of monkeypox in San Francisco, down from 16 a week earlier. As of July 31, the city had 310 confirmed and probable cases — nearly half of California’s total of 786 cases. There are now almost 5,200 cases nationwide.

Diagrams via SF DPH

Most cases in San Francisco have occurred among white gay and bisexual men between the ages of 25 and 45, but the number of cases in the Latinx gay/bi community is higher disproportionately high – 27% of cases, while Latinx people make up only about 15% of the urban population.

The primary mode of transmission for the virus is close physical contact—not always, but very often, sexual contact and kissing. Experts warn that gay and bisexual men attending crowded events are scrambling to keep their skin covered to avoid accidental contact with strangers. A smaller percentage of cases are transmitted through close air contact. There have been no deaths from monkeypox in this outbreak, but cases can last for weeks and cause patients exceptional pain and prolonged isolation.

Technically, everyone who received the first doses of the vaccine will have to return for a second dose in four weeks. But the city doesn’t plan these, prioritizing the first gun bursts first.

Mayor London Race declared monkeypox a city emergency Late last week, and Newsom followed with a state declaration on Monday. The state declaration doesn’t necessarily bring us more vaccine doses, but it does allow for faster distribution of federal allocations.

Related: SF officially declares a state of emergency over monkeypox

Photo: SF Sheriff’s Office/Twitter

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