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New York made another batch of monkeypox vaccine on Tuesday, but the appointment booking website crashed within minutes due to incredibly high demand, health officials said.
Some 267 New Yorkers have already tested positive for monkeypox, a smallpox-like virus with milder symptoms.
Almost 7000 doses of Jynneos the vaccine was became available in New York from June 23. An additional 14,500 vaccines are expected to arrive later this week.
“We will let New Yorkers know when additional appointments are available,” the New York City Department of Health tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
“We apologize for any disappointment caused and are working to build a stable meeting infrastructure as we launch more meetings as vaccine supplies are increasing in the coming weeks.”
On Tuesday, Washington DC health care announced that residents can pre-register for monkeypox vaccine online.
Those who pre-register will receive an email inviting them to make an appointment as soon as they become available, according to the agency. On Thursday, July 14, 3,000 appointments will be available for eligible residents of the county.
In addition to being over 18 years of age and living in Washington, D.C., eligible vaccination candidates must meet one of the following descriptions:
- Gay, bisexual and other men 18 years of age or older who have sex with men and have had multiple sex partners or any anonymous sex partner in the past 14 days.
- Transgender women or non-binary individuals assigned male at birth who have sex with men.
- sex workers
- Staff in establishments where sexual activity takes place, including baths, saunas, sex clubs
Vaccination appointments are free and subject to availability. Residents who do not meet the requirements are encouraged to pre-register. If eligibility expands, people who have already signed up will first be notified of available appointments.
In Chicago, the virus was first detected more than a month ago. Since then, 105 Chicagoans have been diagnosed with the virus, health officials said.
Most of the cases involve men who have sex with men, officials say. The city began offering targeted vaccinations.
The city has already received 5,409 doses of monkeypox vaccine from the federal government, said Massimo Pacilli, deputy commissioner of the Chicago Department of Health for disease control. The distribution was directed to those who may be at higher risk due to their sexual activity.
According to the CDC, 929 cases of monkeypox have been identified across the country in dozens of states.
The first commercial testing for monkeypox took place in the US last week as health officials struggle to step up surveillance of the virus.
The White House has announced that 1.6 million doses of the Jynneos vaccine will be available by the end of this year.
Since May, more than 10,000 cases have been identified worldwide. prompting the World Health Organization to reconvene a committee as early as next week to determine whether the outbreak should be considered a global health emergency.
Monkeypox symptoms include fever, chills, and fatigue, followed by a rash that progresses to lesions.