California State Sen. Scott Wiener (D) said in a statement Thursday that the city of San Francisco is spiraling into a public health crisis due to the uncontrolled spread of the monkeypox virus.
The Public Health Department (DPH) of the city tweeted on Wednesday that his walk-in clinic was closing for the rest of the week due to vaccine shortages. Other clinics in the city are working on the remaining appointments and joining the DPH in “urgently requesting more doses”.
On Wednesday afternoon, more than 1,700 San Francisco residents had been vaccinated against the virusaccording to the San Francisco DPH.
Wiener said the vaccination rate will continue to be slow, leading to spread in the city and surrounding communities. He said the “failure to control this outbreak” will hurt residents, especially the city’s LGBTQ+ community.
“We need a huge amount of additional vaccine doses, and we need them immediately. The failures of the federal government threaten to deeply harm our community,” Wiener added. “Once we get past this emergency, we will be held accountable for these failures – failures that put people’s lives and health at risk.”
Wiener’s statement comes after former New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) on Monday called on the federal government to expedite its access to monkeypox vaccines as cases of the virus continue to spread across the country. country.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 1,000 cases of monkeypox in 41 US states as of Wednesday afternoon.
“Invoke the Defense Production Act to fill America’s need for vaccines,” De Blasio, who officially announced his run to represent New York’s 10th congressional district last month, wrote in his thread. “There really is no time to waste in a crisis like this, and there is so much that federal and city officials can do right now to take control of this crisis.”
The Biden administration recently announced plans to distribute up to 144,000 additional doses of the Jynneos vaccine in an effort to combat the recent spike in cases.