D.C. will administer walk-in monkeypox vaccines – The GW Hatchet

DC Health and Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that eligible people will no longer need to pre-register for the monkeypox vaccine as clinics across the city shift to walk-in services on Friday.

District officials said in a statement Thursday that eligible people can receive their first or second dose of the vaccine at one of three walk-in clinics in the city. Ward 2 and Ward 4 clinics will be open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and Ward 8 clinic will be open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

People who have already received their first dose of the monkeypox vaccine will receive email guidance on receiving their second dose, according to the statement.

“Vaccine doses will be subject to availability at each of the three clinics.” Bowser said in the statement, “Residents are encouraged to follow DC Health’s social media channels for updates on availability at each site.”

DC Health officials are offering monkeypox vaccines to adult DC residents, employees, students, and patients who have had multiple sexual partners in the past two weeks, as well as healthcare professionals. sex and to staff in establishments where sexual activity occurs.

Authorities have reported 488 cases of monkeypox and more than 34,000 vaccinations have been administered in the district as of Wednesday.

Monkeypox is transmitted by direct and indirect contact with skin lesions or by respiratory droplets, most often during sexual interactions. Symptoms such as fever or chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, rashes and skin lesions may occur five to 21 days after exposure.

GW announced last month that the Student Health Center is partnering with the DC Department of Health to assess and diagnose cases of monkeypox on campus after officials reported the first case of monkeypox in the GW community in late June and treated a “handful” of cases within the University community over the summer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded more than 24,000 cases of monkeypox nationwide since the first US outbreak in May.

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