Amid nationwide outbreak, Hawaii among the first states to get the monkeypox vaccine

So far, Hawaii has seen a total of six monkeypox cases; five confirmed cases and one probable...
So far, Hawaii has seen a total of six monkeypox cases; five confirmed cases and one probable case.(Terri Russell)
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 3:36 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 28, 2022 at 4:04 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii is among the first states to participate in a new nationwide monkeypox vaccine allocation system, announced Tuesday as part of a broader push to prevent the spread of the virus.

So far, Hawaii has seen five confirmed and one probable case of the disease.

According to the CDC, Hawaii is among 27 states and the District of Colombia with confirmed cases.

Nationwide, the United States has seen 306 confirmed cases of monkeypox as of Tuesday.

In an effort to get ahead of the outbreak, the Biden administration rushed out thousands of doses to clinics nationwide.

According to a draft distribution plan, the initial tier of vaccine recipients includes Hawaii, Massachusetts, Utah, Illinois, New York, Rhode Island, California, Colorado and Florida and D.C.

Vaccine allocation was based on each state’s confirmed cases as a ratio of its population deemed at-risk of the disease, said health officials. State officials said Hawaii has been administering monkeypox vaccines since June 6 for those who have been exposed.

“We’ve administered to those who needed it and we have more vaccines,” said Gov. David Ige. “We anticipate that there may be a few more cases, but it is not community spread.”

Ige also said the state believes the cases are contained.

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