Los Angeles County and the city will open a monkeypox vaccination site at Barnsdall Art Park tomorrow, but it will only offer vaccines to people who have pre-registered with the county and been told that a vaccine is available.
The new location at 4800 Hollywood Blvd. in the East Hollywood area is expected to vaccinate about 300 people a day, operating from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, according to County Supervisor Hilda Solis’ office.
Vaccines for monkeypox remain in short supply, so the site will not be open to walk-in visitors seeking vaccinations. Injections will only be distributed to people who have pre-registered and received a text from the county notifying them that a dose is available.
“As the monkeypox outbreak continues, it is critical that we increase vaccine accessibility for at-risk communities,” Solis said in a statement. “With the launch of the Monkeypox Vaccination Site in Barnsdall Park, LA County is making it easier to vaccinate residents of hard-hit communities. I encourage residents to assess their risk and take steps to protect themselves against monkeypox while we wait for additional doses in Los Angeles County. ”
The county declared a local emergency in response to the monkeypox outbreak last week. The state and federal government have also released such statements.
According to the county, there were 616 confirmed or presumptive cases in the county on Monday, down from about 500 on Friday. The vast majority of patients are men, most of them members of the LGBT community, according to the county.
Monkeypox is usually transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact, resulting in infectious rashes and scabs, although respiratory secretions and bodily fluids exchanged during prolonged physical episodes, such as sexual intercourse, can also lead to infection. transmission, according to the CDC. It can also be transmitted by sharing items such as bedding and towels.
Symptoms include fresh pimples, blisters, rashes, fever, and fatigue. There is no specific treatment. People who have been infected with smallpox or who have been vaccinated against it may be immune to monkeypox.
According to health officials, the vaccine can prevent infection if given before or soon after exposure to the virus.
According to the CDC, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men are at increased risk of contracting the virus.
The county has slowly expanded eligibility for the JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine, but supplies remain extremely tight.
In Los Angeles County, monkeypox vaccines are available to people confirmed by the Department of Public Health to have had high-risk or immediate contact with a patient known to have monkeypox, and to people who attended an event or visited a place where they were at high risk. risk of exposure to a confirmed case. These people are usually identified through the county’s contact tracing efforts, and they will be notified by the county.
Vaccines are also available for gay and bisexual men and transgender people who have been diagnosed with rectal gonorrhea or early syphilis within the last year. Gay or bisexual men or transgender people who are on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, or who have frequented or worked in a commercial sex venue or other location where they have had anonymous sex or had sex with
multiple partners – such as in a sauna, bathhouse or sex club – in the past 21 days.
Eligibility was expanded last week to include gay or bisexual men or transgender people aged 18 and over who have had multiple or anonymous sexual partners in the past 14 days.
People who think they fit any of the criteria can contact their health care provider to see if that provider can administer the vaccine.
Qualified individuals who do not have a health care provider — or whose provider does not carry the vaccine — can either book an appointment at a designated vaccination clinic or go to a walk-in location. Information is available at ph.lacounty.gov/monkeypox. A list of monkeypox vaccination locations is available at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/chs/DPHMonkeypoxSchedule.pdf.
Last week, the county activated a website – ph.lacounty.gov/monkeypoxsignup – where residents can fill out an online form to see if they may be eligible for a vaccine and pre-register to be added to a list of ‘waiting. But due to overwhelming demand and a limited supply of vaccines, the pre-registration process was suspended at the end of last week.
Last week, the county also opened a monkeypox vaccination site at the West Hollywood Library, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., for people who pre-registered for the vaccine. It will be open by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The vaccine is a two-shot regimen, so additional supplies will be set aside to provide second doses to those who received the initial shot.