Officials apologize for Snafus in monkeypox vaccine rollout

Paul Chaplin, chief executive officer of the vaccine company Bavarian Nordic, said Thursday that studies show a single dose provides “strong protection.” Dr. Bassett, however, said full protection from the vaccine would not come until two weeks after the second dose.

New York City health officials have said that people who fall into one of several categories are eligible for the vaccine:

  • Individuals who have recently had monkeypox within the last 14 days.

  • Individuals at high risk of recent exposure to monkeypox, including members of gay, bisexual, transgender, and other communities of men who have sex with men who have had intimate or physical contact with other people in the past 14 days. in monkeypox areas.

  • Individuals who have had skin-to-skin contact with someone on a social network where monkeypox activity has been observed, including men who have sex with men and meet partners through an online site, digital app, or social event such as a bar or party .

Due in part to the wide range of categories, the demand for the vaccine is extremely high. All 2,500 or so appointments were completed within minutes on Wednesday, health officials said.

Huge disappointment over vaccine access spilled over on Wednesday as people didn’t know for hours if they’d missed the rollout and if more doses were coming.

Eugene Resnick, who works as a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said he spent nine hours updating the city’s web page before he could finally make an appointment when the second set was released just before 7 p.m.

“I am frustrated, angry, disappointed with the Ministry of Health,” he said. “I am an insider working for the government. I can’t imagine that this is even available to the average non-Twitter person.”

Joseph Osmundson, a microbiologist and queer activist helping to expand access to the vaccine, said the city did the right thing by opening a clinic in Harlem, in addition to the one in Chelsea, to dispense the vaccine, but that more urgent action needed to be taken to more vaccines arrived in the city soon.

“There is such frustration at every level in society,” Mr. Osmundson said. He said that people he knows are trying to be careful but are becoming increasingly angry about what they feel is a lack of urgency to protect the gay community, in particular: “We feel like we’ve been left behind, and then accused of distribution.”