Hawaii Health Department to open appointments for monkeypox vaccinations

FILE - This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control...
FILE - This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. The spread of monkeypox in the U.S. in 2022 could represent the dawn of a new sexually transmitted disease, or it could yet be contained. Or it might be too early to tell. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)(AP)
Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 5:02 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Health will start opening appointments for monkeypox vaccinations starting Wednesday.

The shots are reserved for those at a “higher risk” of contracting the virus.

Hawaii residents 18 and older currently eligible for a JYNNOS vaccine include those who have had exposure to confirmed patients in the last two weeks as well as gay, bisexual and those who identify as transgendered people who have recently been in contact with others in high-risk venues. Health officials however say the disease poses a threat to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Hawaii has received 1,400 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine and will continue to receive allocations as supply becomes available.

Those who qualify can make an appointment by calling (808) 586-4462.

JYNNEOS is approved as a two-dose series, but health officials are prioritizing first doses to reach as many people as possible.

At last check, there were 11 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Hawaii.

Health experts said monkeypox can spread through direct contact with body fluids, lesion material, or items used by someone with the virus. It can also be spread through large respiratory droplets.

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